Can your dentist save your life?

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in many parts of the world. The use of high-quality CPR can improve a victim’s chance for survival.

Health practitioners such as dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants are required to be certified in CPR. Dr. Ted Murray & Dr. Kristen Berning and the team at Exceptional Dentistry recently completed their CPR certification, which included some very important changes.

The 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care includes the following changes:
1) changes in the basic life support sequence
2) continued emphasis on high-quality CPR, with minor changes in compression rate and depth
3) additional changes regarding cricoid pressure, pulse check, and automated external defibrillator (AED) use in infants.

The change in the basic life support sequence is: instead of the steps A-B-C for “airway-breathing-chest compressions”, now the recommended sequence is C-A-B for “chest-compressions-airway-breathing.” This was changed to improve the victim’s chance for survival by beginning the important chest compressions sooner.

The team members at Exceptional Dentistry are now up-to-date on the most recent CPR guidelines, in order to be best prepared for an emergency.

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