What is included in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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CPR consists of the use of chest compressions and artificial ventilation to maintain circulatory flow and oxygenation during cardiac arrest. A variation of CPR known as “hands-only” or “compression-only” CPR (COCPR) consists solely of chest compressions. This variant therapy is receiving growing attention as an option for lay providers (that is, nonmedical witnesses to cardiac arrest events).

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