The most necessary part of CPR is effective Compressions!

Pressing down at least 1/3rd the depth of the chest in the center of the chest and allowing for full chest recoil at a rate of at least 100 rpm is very important.

The new 2016 CPR Guidelines have been released. This post is part of a series of the 2016 changes to CPR and First Aid.

So… just how fast are your chest compressions?

2016 – We are compressing at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute.

While that seems like we should be going faster, setting that top number is actually to slow us down. In studies, it was discovered that many of us were compression way too fast. As fast as 140 compressions per minute or more! This was just too fast.

They are emphasizing both the quality and quantity of effective chest compressions. As we compress down, we are physically circulating blood throughout the body. As we release the pressure on our hands the chest returns to its natural position, and the heart refills with blood. And then we compress and pump it again.

Good effective chest compressions are very important, but also equally important is that allowing for full chest recoil – the chest returning to its natural position. We are not pumping full cardiac volume if the chest does not fully recoil.

If we’re compressing too fast – are we providing full deep chest compressions and full chest recoil? Most likely we are not.

So make sure that you allow for the chest to recoil before compressing again, this way you are giving the victim the best chance of pumping the blood to the brain to maximise the chances of survival and quality of life once revived.