A Healthcare Professional’s Guide to the 2020 CPR Guideline Updates
Introduction: What is the New 2020 CPR Guide
The 2020 guidelines for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) are based on the extensive evidence evaluation done with several organizations (ILCOR and affiliated ILCOR members) which were released in 2020 and adopted by the American Heart Association (AHA) and other compliant CPR training organizations. There are 3 types of evidence reviews (systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and evidence updates) that were used in the 2020 process. The following reviews highlight important areas of concern.
What are the New CPR Guidelines?
While much research is still needed in the field of CPR, it is generally accepted that prepared individuals armed with the most up-to-date scientific and evidence-based knowledge can contribute greatly in providing initial life-saving care.
Some of the leading recommendations in 2020 to improving the quality of CPR include:
- Recommending that lay rescuers initiate CPR for presumed cardiac arrest because the risk of harm to patients is low if they are not in cardiac arrest;
- For infants and children with a pulse but agonal breathing, it is recommended to give a breath every 2-3 seconds (20-30 breaths/min);
- Recommending that when two rescuers are present, infants and children will receive a compression–to–breaths ratio of 15:2 as opposed to 30:2 when only one rescuer is present. You can learn more about infant 2-rescuer basic life support in this article.
How Will the New Guideline Differences Affect Healthcare Professionals?
Since 2015, the AHA has made approximately 491 new recommendations across six resuscitation categories made for the 2020 guidelines for adult and pediatric basic and advanced life support. It is important for healthcare providers to update themselves on these changes to provide the most advanced care available and ensure a greater chance of resuscitation.
Developed on evidence-based knowledge from leading medical care researchers, these new guidelines have proven to increase a victim’s chances of survival before and after advanced care becomes available, lowering the mortality rate resulting from cardiopulmonary events. Advances in pediatric research have shown that the main cause of cardiac events in infants and children is due to respiratory issues; the new guidelines have differentiated pediatric from adult CPR to address their specific needs in these types of emergencies.
Where Can I Update Myself on the 2020 CPR Guidelines?
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