Cardiocerebral Resuscitation

Cardiocerebral Resuscitation is thought to be better than CPR for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

BYSTANDER CARDIOCEREBRAL RESUSCITATION INVOLVES THREE SIMPLE STEPS:

  • Direct someone to call your local medical emergency service or make the call yourself.

  • Position the patient on the floor. Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest. Place the other hand on top of the first. Lock your elbows. Perform forceful chest compressions at a rate of 100 per minute. Lift your hands slightly after each push. This will allow the chest to recoil. Take turns with a bystander until paramedics arrive.

  • If an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available, attach it to the patient. Then follow the machine's voice instructions. Otherwise, keep pumping.

NOTE: Gasping is not an indication of normal breathing or recovery. Initiate and continue compressions even if patient gasps. For cases of suspected drowning, drug overdose or collapse in children, follow guideline CPR (2 mouth-to-mouth breaths for every 30 chest compressions).