Which of the following answers describes the highest quality CPR?
A. Perfomed by the strongest individual on the code team for the entirety of the resuscitation. B. Compressions are performed gently to avoid injury to the patient at a speed that does not exceed 100 compressions/minute. C. CPR that is performed hard (at least 2 inches depth), fast (at least 100 compressions/min), and with minimal interruptions (less than 10s). D. Recent evidence demonstrates that rescue breathing is more important than chest compressions, and therefore, no chest compressions should be performed.
CPR that is performed hard (at least 2 inches depth), fast (at least 100 compressions/min), and with minimal interruptions (less than 10s).
The American Heart Associations 2010 ECC Standards identify that chest compressions are the most important component of CPR and must be performed at a speed exceeding 100 compressions per minute; at a depth of at least 2 inches on the adult; and with minimal interruptions (less than 10 seconds). Further rescuers should switch compressors every 2 minutes to avoid rescuer fatigue. Although patients may be injured by compressions, the benefit of survival from the cardiac event surpasses the risk of receiving CPR.