The American Heart Association announces its new Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) guidelines today. Released only once every five years, these guidelines — driven by the latest in scientific research — are critical to the treatment of hundreds of thousands of cardiac arrest victims every year. The guidelines are the basis for CPR training for organizations around the globe.
For more than 40 years, the American Heart Association has been setting the guidelines for worldwide CPR training. Today’s updated guidelines release focuses on getting more people to take action and save lives.
The facts show the importance of a ready public, trained to administer CPR:
- Last year alone, the American Heart Association trained more than 13 million people in CPR worldwide.
- Less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive, but immediate, effective CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
- Research shows that good chest compressions can help save more lives — that’s why they are now the first step in the CPR. Compressions, Airway and Breathing (C-A-B) is our new recommendation.
- CPR resources are available at AHA website http://www.heart.org/cpr.
The release of these guidelines is a great opportunity to connect with readers of all CPR skill levels. For the novice, it could inspire them to learn the technique for the first time, take a refresher course or have the confidence to do step in and do something in an emergency. For the healthcare professional, it is an opportunity to delve into the science behind these new guidelines.