Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: The Protocol
Resuscitative protocols, though varying in content depending upon circumstances, are all based, to greater and lesser extents, on the originary and still dominant resuscitative protocol of CPR — CardioPulmonary Resuscitation. In the early 1960s, the union of airway manoeuvres, mouth-to-mouth ventilation and external cardiac compression into a single life-saving protocol brought CPR into being. This protocol showed great promise and quickly became standard practice within hospitals (Lombardi et al., 1994, p. 678; Cummins et al., 1985, p. 114; Eisenberg, 1997, p. 30). CPR has, over the last 40 years, become the medical, legal and media standard for behaviour in the face of sudden death.
KeywordsCardiac Arrest Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Chest Compression Basic Life Support Advance Cardiac Life Support
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