In this course, you will find information on the safe procedures relating to the resuscitation of adults, from early recognition to the ABCDE assessment, to non-technical skills and post-resuscitation care. Please note that this e-learning is meant to supplement and not replace face-to-face training. By the end of this course you will be able to:. This course is for staff with direct clinical care responsibilities, who are expected to provide an initial response for sick or deteriorating patients, or participate as part of the wider adult resuscitation team. This course was developed in partnership with the Resuscitation Council UK. This course meets the requirements of the core skills training framework Resuscitation Level 3 — Immediate Life Support.
CPR on adults
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Refer to the ERC guidelines publications for supporting reference material. Guidelines prioritises supporting members of our communities to have the confidence, knowledge and skills to act when someone sustains an out of hospital cardiac arrest. Few major changes have been introduced as the principles of CPR remain unchanged. The guidelines emphasise that it is more important that people feel able to do something to help than they become focused on small details or concerned about causing harm. No greater harm can occur than failing to act when someone requires CPR and defibrillation. The community response to cardiac arrest remains critical to saving lives. This includes members of the public, children and family members, first responders, and those with a duty to respond e. They complement the Resuscitation Council UK Quality Standards for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation Training in the Community which describe that when cardiac arrest occurs, systems and education should be in place to ensure that:. The guidelines process includes:.
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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR is an organized, sequential response to cardiac arrest Cardiac Arrest Cardiac arrest is the cessation of cardiac mechanical activity resulting in the absence of circulating blood flow. Cardiac arrest stops blood from flowing to vital organs, depriving them of See also Neonatal Resuscitation Neonatal Resuscitation Extensive physiologic changes accompany the birth process, sometimes unmasking conditions that posed no problem during intrauterine life. For that reason, a person with neonatal resuscitation Mortality rates for in-hospital cardiac arrest Prompt initiation of chest compressions and early defibrillation when indicated are the keys to success. Speed, efficiency, and proper application of CPR with the fewest possible interruptions determine successful outcome; the rare exception is profound hypothermia caused by cold water immersion, when successful resuscitation may be accomplished even after prolonged arrest up to 60 minutes.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR is a lifesaving technique that's useful in many emergencies, such as a heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. This hands-only CPR recommendation applies to both untrained bystanders and first responders. If you're afraid to do CPR or unsure how to perform CPR correctly, know that it's always better to try than to do nothing at all. The difference between doing something and doing nothing could be someone's life. The above advice applies to situations in which adults, children and infants need CPR , but not newborns infants up to 4 weeks old. CPR can keep oxygen-rich blood flowing to the brain and other organs until emergency medical treatment can restore a normal heart rhythm. When the heart stops, your body no longer gets oxygen-rich blood. The lack of oxygen-rich blood can cause brain damage in only a few minutes. If you are untrained and have immediate access to a phone, call or your local emergency number before beginning CPR.