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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (cont.)

Synonyms and Keywords

CPR, basic life support, BLS, cardiac arrest, automated external defibrillators, AEDs, ventricular fibrillation, rescue breathing, defibrillation, chain of survival, cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Author and Editor

Author: Joseph Sciammarella, MD, FACP, FACEP

Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

REFERENCE: American Heart Association. 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Supplement to Circulation; Nov 2010; Vol 122; Issue 18; Supplement 3.


Last Editorial Review: 6/6/2013

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