compression-ventilation ratio

compression-ventilation ratio

In emergency cardiac care, the number of times a rescuer forcibly depresses the chest of a victim of cardiac arrest for each administered breath.

Patient care

The American Heart Association (2010) suggests a ratio of 30 chest compressions followed by 2 ventilations for an adult for each cycle of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The same ratio is used for infants and children when a single rescuer is working alone. Two rescuers working together with an infant or child should use a ratio of 15:2. The breaths and compressions do not need to be synchronized. The breaths and compressions do not need to be synchronized.

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Adults: the compression-ventilation ratio (CV ratio) should be 30:2 (for five cycles or two minutes), for both single person rescue and two person rescue.
Thus, a universal compression-ventilation ratio of 30:2 for all lone rescuers (lay or trained) of victims of any age (excluding newborns) is recommended.
The revised compression-ventilation ratio is not so much a deemphasis of ventilation, but rather a refinement, he explained.