CPR Changes for 2011

The information posted in this blog is for information purposes only. If you wish to take or renew your CPR or first aid certification take a CPR certification or Standard First Aid course with Vancouver First Aid.

Every few years, changes come about for CPR standards as statistics and research continues to be done on CPR. Red Cross first aid and the Lifesaving Society have begun accepting new changes. The Lifesaving Society has had the most drastic changes. The following is an example of the new CPR protocols for the Lifesaving Society for one rescuer CPR and AED rescues on an adult.

  • Assessment of environment / Checking for dangers.
  • Establish responsiveness (levels of consciousness)
  • Open the airway and check for breathing (minimum 5 seconds with a maximum of 10 seconds)
  • Notify a bystander to contact EMS
  • If the victim does not have normal breathing and no AED is present attempt to ventilate with two breaths and begin 30 chest compressions. Continue with 30 chest compressions and 2 breaths until the situation changes, EMS arrives or you are too tired to continue.
  • Expose the chest to properly landmark in the centre of the chest
  • Adult Chest compressions are at a depth of 5cm or 2 inches
  • Compression rate of at least 100 / min.
  • Allow for full chest recoil
  • Maintain less than 10 seconds of interruption between chest compressions and breaths.

The material posted in this blog is for information purposes only, if you wish to learn CPR with hands on training in a no-pressure environment take a CPR class with Vancouver First Aid.

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