Font Size

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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/6/2013

Must Read Articles Related to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are used when a person has had a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest. It is a machine that instructs the user through...learn more >>
Choking Choking is a blockage of the upper airway by food or other objects, preventing a person from breathing effectively. Choking can cause a simple coughing fit or c...learn more >>
Drowning Drowning risks include lack of supervision of infants and children around water, alcohol consumption, inability to swim, medical emergency in the water such as ...learn more >>

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation »

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) consists of chest compressions and artificial ventilation used to maintain circulatory flow and oxygenation during cardiac arrest.

Read More on Medscape Reference »

Medical Dictionary