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NEW Resuscitation Guidelines 2010

Date: 18 Oct 2010

The Resusitation Council (UK) have released new Basic Life Support protocols. More detailed information on adult, child & baby CPR is available in our resources section Here is a summary of the changes:

The following changes in the BLS guidelines have been made to reflect the importance placed on chest compression, particularly good quality compressions, and to attempt to
reduce the number and duration of pauses in chest compression:

  • When obtaining help, ask for an automated external defibrillator (AED), if one is available.
  • Compress the chest to a depth of 5-6 cm and at a rate of 100-120 min
  • Give each rescue breath over 1 s rather than 2 s.
  • Do not stop to check the victim or discontinue CPR unless the victim starts to show signs of regaining consciousness, such as coughing, opening his eyes, speaking, or moving purposefully AND starts to breathe normally.
  • Teach CPR to laypeople with an emphasis on chest compression, but include ventilation as the standard, particularly for those with a duty of care.