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)
Pages (from-to)e77-e79
JournalArquivos brasileiros de cardiologia
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2011


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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