The UK Resuscitation council released the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) 5 yearly review of procedures on 18 Oct 2010. In short the protocols have remained unchanged for adult Basic Life Support and we remain at 30 compressions followed by 2 breaths.
Many were expecting rescue breaths to disappear completely from the protocol in favour of compression only CPR. However, research over the last few years not only supports, but positively recommends the use of breaths if at all possible; particularly for Health Care Professionals.
Other minor variations of note in the adult sequence include
Slightly deeper chest compressions of 5-6 cm (was 4-5)
When obtaining help ask for an Automated External Defibrillator
Do NOT stop CPR unless the casualty demonstrates sign of regaining consciousness such as coughing, opening of eyes, speaking or moving PURPOSEFULLY
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