New CPR Techniques—What You Need to Know to Save a Life
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Recently, a 39-year-old Australian man was brought back to life 40 minutes after being declared clinically dead. Colin Fiedler is just one of three cardiac arrest patients who have been revived with the aid of a new cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) machine called the “AutoPulse” after more than a half hour of being dead.
Doctors at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne are experimenting with the procedure, which uses a non-invasive cardiac support pump to move blood throughout the body. The AutoPulse squeezes the entire chest instead of just one spot, as with manual compression CPR, and minimizes no-flow time.
The AutoPulse represents just one of several recent developments in the life-saving science of CPR. The American Heart Association updates its CPR recommendations every five years and has published several new guidelines that can help make the technique even more effective. Here’s a look at some of what’s changed and how you can make a difference: