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Emergency medicine

CPR – a life-saving skill

Peter Warfe

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Abstract

International scientific consensus has recently simplified CPR procedures, resulting in straightforward, safe and effective resuscitation. The current Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines on basic life support are outlined in this article.

Article Extract

Current Australian CPR guidelines include a compression to ventilation ratio of 30:2 (30 compressions followed by two ventilations) and a rate of 100 compressions per minute for patients of all ages. It is considered no longer necessary to check for a pulse as doing so may delay effective resuscitation.

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