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All About CPR

Here are the steps for doing CPR for all ages, plus links to the latest research, tips, tricks and FAQs about CPR.
  1. CPR FAQs (13)
  2. CPR Research (10)
  3. CPR Tips and Tricks (4)
  4. AED (3)

Hands-Only CPR
These steps are the American Heart Association's recommendations for providing hands-only CPR. There is growing evidence that this style of CPR is the best for sudden cardiac arrest. In cases of cardiac arrest caused by respiratory issues -- drowning and asthma, for example -- traditional CPR may be a better choice of treatment.

Adult CPR
CPR for cardiac arrest patients who've at least reached puberty, defined as breast development or body hair. Use your best judgment to decide whether to use adult or child CPR on those borderline patients.

Child CPR
CPR for children older than 1 year but who haven't reached puberty yet. Small children who are a little older than a year might benefit from infant CPR rather than child CPR.

Infant CPR
CPR for kids younger than 1 year. Deciding when to use infant CPR versus child CPR has more to do with the size of the child than the age.

Adult and Child Choking
Choking requires a quick response to remove the airway obstruction before it leads to unconsciousness. These steps are for providing the Heimlich maneuver to conscious adults and children aged 1 to 8.

Infant Choking
Follow these steps to save a choking infant under 1 year old. Like CPR, choosing whether to perform child or infant choking steps depends on the size rather than age of the child.

What is a Defibrillator?
If you've heard of a defibrillator and don't know what it is, take a look at this explanation.

How do I become a CPR instructor?
Love CPR? Have to certify all the coaches in your pee wee football organization? Need to teach all your employees CPR? If you don't know where to start, here is how to become a CPR instructor.

What if the first rescue breath given during CPR does not mak…
Traditional CPR steps include rescue breathing. The process includes opening the victim's airway and blowing air into the lungs. It sounds simple, but opening the airway can be tricky sometimes. What happens, then, if the chest doesn't rise during a rescue breath?

What if I don't know conventional CPR and Hands-Only CPR is n…
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends Hands-Only CPR as the treatment for adults who collapse in front of you. However, the AHA recommends conventional CPR with mouth-to-mouth as well as chest compressions for kids, adults found already unconscious, and for drowning victims. What if you don't know conventional CPR -- should you do...

Is the CPR I learned 10 years ago good enough to save a life?
My kids took health in high school and came home questioning the teacher's outdated CPR standards. When I talked to him on the phone, he didn't really understand why the "rules" for CPR had changed. "Come on," he said, "isn't the CPR I learned good enough?"

Is it OK to do CPR on an unconscious person who is barely breathing?
Bystanders worried about hurting the victim hesitate to start pushing on the chest of a person gasping for air. So, is it OK to do CPR on an unconscious person who is gasping for air?

How do Chest Compressions Work?
The heart is too deep in the chest to be directly affected by chest compressions. If we're not directly compressing just the heart, how do chest compressions really work?

Is CPR alone enough to save a life?
How long should a rescuer do CPR in the wilderness? The answer is immensely personal.

Is cardiac arrest the same as a heart attack?
Cardiac arrest and heart attack are often mistaken for one another. What is the difference?

Stayin' Alive with CPR
This tip helps rescuers keep the proper rate while doing CPR. Going too slow doesn't generate enough blood flow, and going too fast doesn't allow the heart to fill properly between compressions. Humming along with the Bee Gee's is one way to stay on track.

Before You Take a CPR Class
What you really need to know about CPR classes. Not all CPR classes are the same. Learn about CPR class levels and training program standards.

The Demise of Rescue Breathing in CPR?
Some feel that CPR in its current form is not as effective as it could be for the population most likely to benefit from it. Mouth-to-mouth is seen as the culprit. To make CPR more effective, there is a push to eliminate rescue breathing from this staple of emergency medical care.

What is the Best Type of Barrier Device for Giving Mouth-to-Mouth?
What's the best type of barrier device a lay rescuer should use when doing mouth-to-mouth -- a flat plastic barrier or a mask? Get the inside scoop on CPR barrier devices and why they can be important when performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

2015 CPR Guidelines
Every 5 years the AHA comes out with its CPR guidelines. What do you think they'll be in 2015?

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