CPR instructions should focus on chest compressions

For those who don’t know what to do:  CPR instructions should focus on continuous chest compressions, UT Southwestern physicians recommend.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructions given over the phone by emergency dispatchers to lay rescuers should focus primarily on continuous chest compressions instead of the traditional ABC’s – "airway, breathing, circulation," according to Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Please note this is only for telephone recommendations from emergency dispatchers to bystanders doing CPR.  The article is well-written, and recommends that people who know what they’re doing (regular CPR, with breaths given, etc) ‘should be encouraged to continue’, but this is aimed at the person who doesn’t know CPR, or is too stressed out to do anything but chest compressions.


  1. According to a recent Oxford Mail article, diet and behaviour are linked, especially in children! Yeah, you hype a kid up on sugar they have a tendency to misbehave and not sit still. You give them good foods (diary and fresh growing stuff) and they build strong minds and bodies. WHY is this news? I can’t tell you, but I was shocked it even NEEDED to be studied. Not really that connected to CPR, but the study reminded me…

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  2. PlanoTX says:

    NBC National News covered this last week. They credited an ER doctor in Tucson with modifying the standard CPR procedure. In the interview, the doc noted that often CPR is not initiated by bystanders because they are very concerned about mouth-to-mouth transmission of disease. Further, said the doc, even in the standard CPR procedure, stopping the compressions to do the breathing disrupts any cardiac momentum that the compressions were building up.

    EMS responders in Tucson are now doing CPR with compressions only.