Feature Article

Improving survival: a practical CPR update

Gordian Fulde



The earlier cardiopulmonary resuscitation is given, the better the outcome, and the earlier defibrillation is performed, the more lives saved. Fewer interruptions to the compressions and maintenance of quality of chest compression have also been shown to increase survival.

Key Points

  • Basic life support is now simplified and easier.
  • Any attempt at cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), including compression-only CPR, is better than none.
  • Defibrillation (if available) is part of basic life support.
  • Compression-only CPR has been shown to be effective.
  • Initial rescue breaths are only essential for infants and children.