AHA issues new cardiac arrest guidelines

10/18/2010 | Bloomberg Businessweek

New guidelines released by the American Heart Association underscore that "activation of the EMS [emergency medical services] system, provision of CPR and operation of a defibrillator" should be done immediately after a cardiac arrest to improve the chances of survival. The group also revised its recommendations for rescue workers to stress that compressions should be performed first, followed by airway and breathing, to keep blood and oxygen flowing to the heart and brain.

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