Optimized approach in cardiocerebral resuscitation

Karl B Kern, Sergio Timerman, Maria Margarita Gonzalez, José Antônio Ramires

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Cardiocerebral Resuscitation (CCR) is a new approach to the resuscitation of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The first major component of CCR is continuous chest compressions (also referred to as chest compression- only CPR or "hands-only CPR") advocated as part of CCR for all bystanders who witness a sudden collapse of presumed cardiac origin. The second component of CCR is a new ACLS treatment algorithm for Emergency Medical Services. This algorithm emphasizes uninterrupted chest compressions regardless of other ongoing assignments as part of the rescue effort. A third component has recently been added to CCR, namely aggressive post-resuscitation care. Cardiocerebral resuscitation has increased bystander participation and has improved survival rates in a number of communities. Now is the time for other communities to re-examine their own outcomes with cardiac arrest and consider joining those cities and communities that have doubled and even tripled their survival from OHCA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalArquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011



  • Desfibrillators/ utilization
  • Oxygen inhalation therapy
  • Resuscitation
  • Survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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