Learn New, More User-Friendly CPR Guidelines

We recommend that new parents learn CPR not only for infants but for children and adults too. Statistically we are more likely to have the opportunity to use CPR on an adult family member or friend than on a child…..which is why the American Heart Association has created the class for lay responders “CPR for Family and Friends”. During this 2 ½ hour class you will have the opportunity to practice adult, child and infant CPR and relief of choking, on manikins with the assistance of a certified instructor.

Those wanting to learn to use an automatic external defribulator (AED) may take the Heartsaver AED class which teaches adult, child and infant CPR and use of the AED. AED’s are present in many public places including schools, churches, airports, malls, and sports arenas.

Many of you probably remember the A- B- C steps of CPR. Recently, the AHA released new guidelines regarding the administration of CPR. The guidelines are more “user friendly” and easier for the lay person to remember, or for 911 operators to teach someone over the phone.

Here’s a short demonstration of the C-A-B (compression, airway, and breathing) which is now recommended:

New CPR Technique: Step-by-Step

  1. Call 911 or ask someone else to do so.
  2. Try to get the person to respond. If he or she doesn’t, roll the person on his or her back.
  3. Begin compressions. Place the heel of your hand on the center of the victim’s chest. Put your other hand on top of the first with your fingers interlaced.
  4. Press down so you compress the chest at least two inches in adults and children and one and a half inches in infants. A hundred times a minute or even a little faster is optimal—which is about the same rhythm as the beat of the Bee Gee’s song “Stayin’ Alive.” Continue compressions until help arrives.
  5. Or, if you’ve been trained in CPR , you can now open the airway with a head tilt and chin lift. Pinch closed the nose of the victim. Take a normal head tilt and chin lift. Pinch closed the nose of the victim. Take a normal breath, cover the victim’s mouth with yours to create an airtight seal, and then give two, one-second breaths as you watch for the chest to rise.
  6. Continue 30 compressions and two breaths until help arises.

Whether you need an update or you are taking CPR for the first time, we have a class for you! Check out our classes or call 800-633-7377 for dates, times and locations. The life you save may be a family member or friend!

— Mary Anne Kenerson RN; Coordinator, Prenatal and Family Education; Intrinsic Coach®, Beaumont Hospitals

1 Response to “Learn New, More User-Friendly CPR Guidelines”

  1. 1 Anonymous March 30, 2011 at 9:11 am

    This is GREAT! Thank you for the step by step review.

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