Why Doctors Believe the “New” CCR Will Save Many More Lives than CPR…
March 11, 2010
Cardiocerebral resuscitation or “CCR” is the most important advance in the care of patients in cardiac arrest since cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was first described. Some physicians refer to CCR as the new form of CPR, whereas others refer to it simply as the replacement for traditional CPR.
Critics of traditional CPR have stated that the emphasis on early ventilation is misguided. These airway interventions take time away from performing adequate chest compressions, and they also produce an increase in intrathoracic pressure, decreasing venous return and thus cardiac output -- not a good thing in a patient in cardiac arrest.
CCR includes continuous chest compressions with no early ventilations. A recent study that compared CCR with standard CPR in patients demonstrated that both survival and percentage of survivors with good neurological outcome were significantly improved in those who underwent CCR.