New 2010 CPR Guidelines Released

On October 18, 2010 the American Heart Association released the new 2010 CPR and First Aid Guidelines. Here are just a few of the highlights from the 2010 release.

Emphasis on High Quality Compressions

  • Compressions are now at a rate of at least 100 per min vs. “approximately” 100 per min.
  • For Adults compression depth of at least 2” (5 cm) vs the 1-1/2 to 2” range
  • For Children 2”  or about 1/3 of the anterior/posterior diameter of the chest
  • For Infants 1-1/2” or about 1/3 of the anterior/posterior diameter of the chest
  • The Compression to breath ratio remains at 30 compressions to 2 breaths

Change in CPR Sequence

  • ABC (Airway, Breathing, Chest Compressions) has changed to CAB (Compressions, Airway, Breathing) for all ages. Compressions will now be initiated prior to ventilations
  • Look, Listen and Feel has been removed from the algorithm

Northwest Health and Safety Inc. has implemented these new standards into their training programs. For more information on the new CPR and First Aid Standards visit us online at

Our Learning Center has some videos that outline some of the new 2010 CPR standards.

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