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CPR

A-B-C Every time—Pro edition


Airway, Breathing, Circulation. Either you have heard this mnemonic before or you will be learning it soon in your next CPR, First Aid, ACLS, or PALS class. Either way, in my opinion it is the holy grail of medicine. Alright, maybe that’s stretching it a little but in the Emergency Medicine world it forms a very strong foundation of ...

A lesson from Haiti and Katrina


If Katrina wasn’t proof enough, then this past weeks disaster in Haiti should finally drive the point home that sometimes everything goes wrong. Sometimes your cell phone is in a dead zone or your car breaks down on a lonely back road. And sometimes your whole neighborhood is washed away or flattened by an earthquake. Please don’t think ...

When Should You Call 911


When Should You Call 911? If you have ever taken a CPR class then you know the answer to this question. You call 911, depending on the age of your patient, very quickly after determining the patient is unresponsive. However, life is rarely this simple. Most of the time, thank god, you are not going to be calling 911 because someone has stopped ...

ABC-Beginners Guide To CPR


ABC-Beginners Guide ABC. Airway, Breathing, Circulation. This is the mantra of all CPR courses. Those 3 letters and their respective actions form the basis of all patient assessment. In this article I will attempt to break down these 3 letters into the simplest of parts. This first installment will cover letter A-the airway. Please excuse the simplistic terms I may use in ...

Moms On The Hill


Moms on The Hill (A thank you from The Heart Center) Moms on The Hill (MoTH for those in the know) is a moms group located on Capitol Hill. MoTH is a huge, fairly exclusive parenting group, and an excellent resource for any current or soon-to-be-mom. Through an incredible stroke of luck the very first Infant CPR class The Heart ...

Compression Only CPR


Compression Only CPR There have been 2 studies released in the last month in The New England Journal of Medicine that focus on the benefits of “Compression Only” or “Hands Only CPR”. In an effort to clear up any confusion I will attempt to answer the most common questions I am faced with regarding “Compression Only” CPR during a Heart Center ...

Infant BLS Skills Checklist 2010



Adult BLS Skills Checklist



2010 ILCOR BLS Guidelines


All the science, algorithms, and studies that form the basis for CPR and AED programs. This is a very interesting and useful study aid.