Quickly Begin Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Without Hesitation!

“Resuscitation Guidelines” revised for the first time in five years

New First Aid and Child Safety courses will run this July

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The Japan Resuscitation Council (with the participation of the Japanese Red Cross Society) announced “Resuscitation Guidelines 2015” last October. The guidelines focus on the immediate start of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation (AED) even when the judgment of cardiac arrest is uncertain. In line with these new guidelines, the JRCS has begun revising its textbooks for instructor training related to basic first aid and child safety courses. Workshops in accordance with the new guidelines will be held nationwide from this July.

“Resuscitation Guidelines 2015” is in line with the “scientific evidence and treatment recommendation consensus” published by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. To ensure the immediate start of basic life support, it stresses the need to quickly begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation even under conditions of uncertainty and focuses on prevention of bathing-related death, cardiac arrest while exercising, child accidents, and so on. For a better chance of successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation, it also emphasizes the importance of the degree of breastbone pressure and keeping the right pace.

The new Basic First Aid course includes new things such as many case studies from actual situations and encourages students to learn in advance on its web site.

In response to the revisions, a joint instructor training session was held March 14 to 16 at JRCS headquarters, with 194 participants from around the nation. The session was aimed at bringing the revised points to the participants’ attention. A lecture to help the participants get a better understanding was given by Dr. Tetsuya Sakamoto (the Chairperson of the Red Cross First Aid Study Committee, and the Chief Professor, School of Medicine, Teikyo University), who was in charge of editing the ‘first aid’ part in the guidelines.