All ECU Physicians faculty and staff who are required or choose to maintain current skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation training may register to attend either the BLS 4-Hour (healthcare provider renewal) or the Heartsaver CPR/AED (laypersons) training class offered through ECU Physicians Staff Development and Training by American Heart Association basic life support instructors.
The 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR include:
1. Continued emphasis on providing high-quality CPR.
a. Compress at an adequate depth and rate (push hard, push fast).
i. Compress at a rate of at least 100/minute.
ii. Compress to a depth of at least 2" for adults and 1/3 the depth of the chest for children and infants.
b. Minimize interruptions.
c. Avoid excessive ventilations.
2. A change from A-B-C (Airway, Breathing, Chest Compressions) to C-A-B (Chest Compressions, Airway, Breathing) sequence for adults, children, and infants (excluding newborns).
3. Removal of the "Look, Listen, and Feel" for breathing step.
4. AED use in children now includes infants.
For more information about the 2010 Guidelines for CPR and ECC, please visit the American Heart Association's website: www.heart.org.