17 Jul AHA calls for renewed focus on CPR quality and monitoring
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation quality varies widely between systems and locations, prompting the American Heart Association to emphasize key components to improve resuscitative efforts, according to a consensus statement published in Circulation.
In the statement, the AHA emphasizes five critical areas of high-quality CPR:
- Minimize interruptions to chest compressions. Compressions generate blood flow and should be delivered more than 80% of the time the patient doesn’t have a pulse.
- Provide the right rate of compressions — 100 to 120 per minute are optimal for survival.
- Ensure compressions are deep enough — at least 2 inches for adults and at least one-third the depth of the chest in infants and children.
- Do not lean over the patient’s chest and allow the chest to fully recoil so as not to decrease blood flow.
- Avoid excessive ventilation, giving no more than 12 rescue breaths per minute, with the chest just visibly rising, so pressure from the breath does not slow blood flow.