July 28, 2014
This medical Monday, Let’s look at CCR, a newer resuscitation method.
While we are all required to renew with American Heart Association in CPR every year, there is a newer and more remarkable method of resuscitation. CCR stands for Cardiocerebral Resuscitation (er . . . Resurrection, as the patient is already dead).
Since 2003 there have been many pre-hospital systems that have changed away from the 30:2 ratio to 100 /min without interruption for breathing. There have been excellent results. On January 1, 2011 Brown County Wisconsin (Green Bay area) converted from CPR to CCR and has had dramatic results. Prior to the switch there was a 7% survival rate among those with witnessed arrest. Since CCR your survivability in Brown County is now 47.2% (using the most recent numbers that I’ve seen from 2013).
In addition, because of the much higher emphasis placed on excellent circulation, 85% of these survivors are remaining neurologically intact.
While this is NOT the NSP approved standard of care . . . yet, I wanted to make you aware of some of the changes expected to come down the line with the new AHA protocols to be released in November 2015.
From my personal experience, between 1993 and 2011 I had successfully revived (to the hospital) 3 patients, since 1/1/2011 I’ve had 11. A dramatic change!
Remember that you must push HARD, so let your inner monster out and let’s save some lives.