Administering CCR for Cardiac Arrest Patients

It has been found that administering CCR for cardiac arrest patients is more productive than administering CPR. CCR stands for “Cardio-Cerebral Resuscitation”. This first aid technique works to ensure that the blood in the body is kept in motion towards the heart as well as the brain of the individual suffering from cardiac arrest. In the case in which the heart has stopped, it is more important to get blood going to the organ rather than oxygen to the lungs. This is why CPR or “Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation” has been found to be ineffective for this particular type of medical emergency. If you discover that you are responsible for assisting an individual who has a stopped heart, it is absolutely imperative that you focus on administering chest compressions in order to increase their chance for survival.

When it comes to CPR, first aid techniques included providing an individual with at least thirty compressions to the heart and then stopping to administer mouth to mouth of at least two blows of air. Unfortunately, it has been found that this technique is actually counter-productive when it comes to attempting to resuscitate a cardiac arrest patient. These individuals have a circulation of oxygen in the blood of the body. The emphasis should not be on providing the patient with additional oxygen; it should be on ensuring that the blood is flowing in an optimized manner towards the heart as well as the brain. Providing mouth to mouth will not encourage this blood flow in the body and may drastically reduce the possibility for that person to be appropriately revived.

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Many are under the impression that cardiac arrest is nothing more than a heart attack. This is a common misconception. Heart attacks are directly related to some type of blockage complication within the body. If the clogging issue is not treated immediately, the heart experiences a type of “death”. Those who suffer from cardiac arrest experience a cessation in the beating activity of the heart, which causes the heart to stop suddenly. The patient will likely show no symptoms apart from completely collapsing. If you observe this in someone, perform the following CCR steps to increase their chances for survival:

1. You should immediately call 911 and get medical help moving in the direction that the patient is located.

2. While on the phone with 911 dispatchers, ensure that the victim is lying down and tilt the head back so the airway as a whole is open.

3. Begin administering compressions to the chest that are fast and very forceful. Simply rest one hand on top of the other and put the palm of the bottom hand in the center area of the chest and begin the compressions.

4. It is important to ensure that you attempt to count to one hundred compressions each and every single minute. It is important to understand that the victim’s heart is literally “in your hands” when cardiac arrest is being experienced.

5. Many have a fear they will harm the individual by being too forceful – do not allow this to cross your mind. It has been determined that the potential to injury is usually limited to a crack in the rib area. If the person is suffering from cardiac arrest, a crack in the rib is mild compared to the potential for loss of life.

Remember, do not administer CPR – focus on administering CCR for cardiac arrest patients. This form of first response has been concluded to be much more successful when it comes to saving to lives when the heart has stopped.