ECC and updated guidelines 2010 updates changed the CPR sequence from A-B-C to C-A-B. Often in the A-B-C method chest compressions were delayed. With the new Compressions – Airway – Breathing method a victim receives compressions faster, providing quicker critical blood flow to the vital organs.
In these times when everyone is being affected by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), many lay responders/community rescuers are unlikely to have access to adequate PPE. They are also at an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 during CPR, which might make individuals hesitant to act in times of cardiac emergencies.
However, lay rescuers of family members are likely to have already been exposed to COVID-19. Below are the primary interim changes to CPR during COVID-19 times.
PPE should be put on before conducting CPR.
Per the 2015 updates, you should deliver at least 100 to 120 chest compressions per minute (previous rate was 100 compressions / minute). Recent science indicates that more compressions lead to a higher survival rate. This new update sets an upper limit for the chest compression rate, as excessive compressions and depth can adversely affect a patient’s outcome.
The Hands-Only CPR method is recommended for use on teens or adults that you witness suddenly collapse. This is CPR without the rescue breaths.
You would need to:
*The Good Samaritan Law is intended to reduce bystanders’ hesitation to assist in an emergency.