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How to recognize cardiac arrest

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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• Rapid recognition of cardiac arrest is the essential first step of successful CPR 10.

• As per guidelines, the lay rescuer who witnesses a person collapse or comes across an apparently unresponsive person should confirm unresponsiveness by tapping the person on the shoulder and shouting: “are you all right?”

• If the person does not respond, the rescuer calls for help or ambulance and initiates excellent chest compressions.

• Lay rescuers should not attempt to assess the victim’s pulse and, unless the patient has what appear to be normal respirations, should assume the patient is apneic or without respiration.

• Remember even well–trained professionals can have difficulty determining if breathing is adequate or pulses are present in unresponsive adults.

• After assessing responsiveness, health care providers should quickly check the patient’s pulse.

• While doing so, it is reasonable to visually assess the patient’s respirations.

• It is appropriate to assume the patient is in cardiac arrest if there is no breathing or abnormal breathing (gasping) or if a pulse cannot be readily palpated within 10 seconds.

• The key point is not to delay CPR.

How to recognize cardiac arrest

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Wellness | Tagged With: , | | Comments Off on How to recognize cardiac arrest

• Rapid recognition of cardiac arrest is the essential first step of successful CPR 10.

• As per guidelines, the lay rescuer who witnesses a person collapse or comes across an apparently unresponsive person should confirm unresponsiveness by tapping the person on the shoulder and shouting: “are you all right?”

• If the person does not respond, the rescuer should call for help or ambulance and initiate excellent chest compressions.

• Lay rescuers should not attempt to assess the victim’s pulse and, unless the patient has what appear to be normal respirations, should assume the patient is apneic or without respiration.

• Remember even well–trained professionals can have difficulty determining if breathing is adequate or pulses are present in unresponsive adults.

• After assessing responsiveness, health care providers should quickly check the patient’s pulse.

• While doing so, it is reasonable to visually assess the patient’s respirations.

• It is appropriate to assume the patient is in cardiac arrest if there is no breathing or abnormal breathing (gasping) or if a pulse cannot be readily palpated within 10 seconds.

• The key point is not to delay CPR.