American Heart Association 2010 New Guidelines and Reminders

These are the 2010 American Heart Association New Guidelines

It used to be called your ABC’s: airway, breathing and chest compressions. Now it’s called C A B’s, Compressions come first and then you focus on Airway and Breathing. The only exception to the rule will be newborn babies, but everyone else whether it’s infant CPR, child CPR or adult CPR they all will get chest compressions before you worry about the airway.

Early CPR is an integral part of providing lifesaving aid to people suffering sudden cardiac arrest. CPR helps to circulate oxygen-rich blood to the brain. After the AED is attached and delivers a shock, the typical AED will prompt the operator to continue CPR while the device continues to analyze the victim.

CPR/AED Training

It’s also important for everyone to receive formal training on AED’s, so they can become familiar with the device and are able to successfully operate it in an emergency. This course has been modified and now includes an introduction to AED, or basic AED use- because AEDS are everywhere.

Training also teaches the responder how to avoid potentially hazardous situations.



How deep you should push on the chest has changed for adult CPR. It was 1 1/2 to 2 inches, but now the Heart Association wants you to push at least 2 inches deep on the chest.


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 nothing?

You should call 911 and push on the chest.


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