What are the techniques used for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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The techniques described here refer specifically to CPR as prescribed by the Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) guidelines. In the in-hospital setting, or when a paramedic or other advanced provider is present in the out-of-hospital setting, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) guidelines call for a more robust approach to treatment of cardiac arrest, including drug interventions, electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring, defibrillation, and invasive airway procedures.

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