Guidelines 2015 are coming! Guidelines 2015 are coming!
Okay, I’m a little excited.
On October 15th the 2015 Guidelines for CPR and ECC will be released. And yes, I am SUPER excited! This past April I took the new AHA BLS for Prehospital Providers course and attended a Training Forum on the course. I learned some amazing new stuff that I’m excited that we might see in the new guidelines release next month. Quite frankly, changes and updates lead to more lives saved! With the blessing of our local AHA account rep I’ve been able to incorporate some of the things I learned in this new course to all of my BLS classes. I’m confident that these updates are improving the quality of life for SCA survivors.
What also has me excited is the research on quality and quantity of chest compressions.
There have been numerous studies done on these topics. If you think about it, while we’re compressing at a rate of 100 BPM, we’re not actually doing 100 compressions per minute. We pause to provide 2 breaths, we pause to use the AED. The number of compression we actually do for each minute of CPR is pretty low. Dismal actually.
Every second we pause or hesitate are compressions lost.
I’m looking forward to the release of the new guidelines in 10 days and learning how we’ll be improving how we do, and teach, CPR and First Aid.