Compassionate care starts with understanding what makes you, you.

ABOUT ASCENSION

Coming together to provide personalized, compassionate care

You deserve the best care possible. Working together as Ascension, we can give you the quality care you’ve come to expect — and much more. With proven, advanced resources and a wide range of specialists, our connected nationwide network of caregivers helps make sure you’re getting the care that's right for you.

OUR LOCATIONS

With locations across more than 20 states, odds are you’re never far from personalized, compassionate care

See all Ascension Sites of Care
doctor with patient

Great care for your everyday life starts with more than an everyday doctor

Our primary care doctors take time to understand all aspects of you and your life. That’s what helps us provide the personalized, compassionate care you deserve.

LEARN ABOUT PRIMARY CARE
Our Patients

The staff was amazing. They helped me and my family with whatever we needed.

I am referring to the nurses, doctors, and room service; everyone.

Classes and Events

Find educational classes, special community events and support groups near you.

Find a Class or Event

Flight for Life

“Three percent of us actually survive the type of heart attack I had. I should not be here today. I was so, so lucky.”

A woman sits at the kitchen table, ready to eat with her family. This woman’s name is Sandy, and recently her family got just a little bit bigger.

Go to Story
Homepage | Ascension

Compassionate care starts with understanding what makes you, you.

ABOUT ASCENSION

Coming together to provide personalized, compassionate care

You deserve the best care possible. Working together as Ascension, we can give you the quality care you’ve come to expect — and much more. With proven, advanced resources and a wide range of specialists, our connected nationwide network of caregivers helps make sure you’re getting the care that's right for you.

OUR LOCATIONS

With locations across more than 20 states, odds are you’re never far from personalized, compassionate care

See all Ascension Sites of Care
doctor with patient

Great care for your everyday life starts with more than an everyday doctor

Our primary care doctors take time to understand all aspects of you and your life. That’s what helps us provide the personalized, compassionate care you deserve.

LEARN ABOUT PRIMARY CARE
Our Patients

The staff was amazing. They helped me and my family with whatever we needed.

I am referring to the nurses, doctors, and room service; everyone.

Classes and Events

Find educational classes, special community events and support groups near you.

Find a Class or Event

Flight for Life

“Three percent of us actually survive the type of heart attack I had. I should not be here today. I was so, so lucky.”

A woman sits at the kitchen table, ready to eat with her family. This woman’s name is Sandy, and recently her family got just a little bit bigger.

Go to Story

CPR

Definition

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It is an emergency life-saving procedure that is done when someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. This may happen after an electric shock, heart attack, or drowning.

CPR combines rescue breathing and chest compressions.

Permanent brain damage or death can occur within minutes if blood flow stops. Therefore, it is very important that blood flow and breathing be continued until trained medical help arrives. Emergency (911) operators can guide you through the process.

CPR techniques vary slightly depending on the age or size of the person, including different techniques for adults and children 9 years and older, children 1 through 8 years old, and infants.

Alternative Names

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

References

American Heart Association. Highlights of the 2015 American Heart Association guidelines update for CPR and ECC. eccguidelines.heart.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2015-AHA-Guidelines-Highlights-English.pdf. Accessed July 9, 2017.

American Red Cross. First Aid/CPR/AED Participant's Manual. 2nd ed. Dallas, TX: American Red Cross; 2014. www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m55540601_FA-CPR-AED-Part-Manual.pdf. Accessed September 14, 2017.

Berg MD, Schexnayder SM, Chameides L, et al. Part 13: pediatric basic life support: 2010 American Heart Association guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care. Circulation. 2010;122(18 Suppl 3):S862-S875. PMID: 20956229 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20956229.

Berg RA, Hemphill R, Abella BS, et al. Part 5: adult basic life support: 2010 American Heart Association guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care. Circulation. 2010;122(18 Suppl 3):S685-S705. PMID: 20956221 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20956221.


Review Date: 3/31/2017
Reviewed By: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
adam.com
 
Homepage | Ascension

Compassionate care starts with understanding what makes you, you.

ABOUT ASCENSION

Coming together to provide personalized, compassionate care

You deserve the best care possible. Working together as Ascension, we can give you the quality care you’ve come to expect — and much more. With proven, advanced resources and a wide range of specialists, our connected nationwide network of caregivers helps make sure you’re getting the care that's right for you.

OUR LOCATIONS

With locations across more than 20 states, odds are you’re never far from personalized, compassionate care

See all Ascension Sites of Care
doctor with patient

Great care for your everyday life starts with more than an everyday doctor

Our primary care doctors take time to understand all aspects of you and your life. That’s what helps us provide the personalized, compassionate care you deserve.

LEARN ABOUT PRIMARY CARE
Our Patients

The staff was amazing. They helped me and my family with whatever we needed.

I am referring to the nurses, doctors, and room service; everyone.

Classes and Events

Find educational classes, special community events and support groups near you.

Find a Class or Event

Flight for Life

“Three percent of us actually survive the type of heart attack I had. I should not be here today. I was so, so lucky.”

A woman sits at the kitchen table, ready to eat with her family. This woman’s name is Sandy, and recently her family got just a little bit bigger.

Go to Story