Over the weekend, our team took a CPR renewal class together. We like to be prepared for anything that may come up and your safety and health are our top priority at McAdams Dental. It was interesting to learn that the American Heart Association (AHA) has made a few changes to the recommended emergency response protocol and we thought we could share these with you to help spread the word!
Once you have identified a crisis situation because a person or patient is non-responsive and is not breathing, the AHA recommends that you first activate the emergency response system. This means either do it your self or make someone else call 911 and alert the authorities that help is needed. After you are sure help is on the way you should check for a pulse to determine if the person’s heart is working. If not proceed with CPR as follows:
The new acronym for CPR treatment is C-A-B meaning Compressions-Airway Maintenance-Breathing (which is a big difference from the previous recommendation you may be familiar with). In this situation you would begin chest compressions alternating 30 chest compressions with two breaths delivered mouth-to-mouth. If the situation is not conducive to mouth-to-mouth contact don’t worry, it is totally acceptable to now deliver “hands-only” CPR in which you would provide constant compressions only stopping to take a rest if/when another person is available to take over compressions.
High quality compressions are required to depress the chest approximately 2” to be effective so you will most likely have to press as hard as you can to achieve a good result. Many injuries are possible during CPR, but like our instructor said…if the patient tells you that you hurt them, you saved their life!
For more information on "Hands-Only CPR" visit the AHA website at:
If you are in the Phoenix area and looking for a dental home where your providers are ready for any situation, maybe we are the office for you…we would love to meet you!