What is Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI)?

Many healthcare providers are asking what the new Resuscitation Quality Improvement, or RQI, is and how it will help them maintain and improve their teams’ CPR skills. Studies conducted by the American Heart Association found that CPR proficiency is best maintained through brief, regular, so-called “low-dose, high-frequency” practice. Of course, most service providers don’t perform CPR as part[…]

What’s the Difference Between Cardiac Arrest vs Heart Attack

Many people refer to cardiac arrest and heart attack interchangeably, without knowing the actual difference between the two terms. What is Cardiac Arrest? Cardiac arrest is caused by an electrical malfunction that interferes with heart’s regular beat, resulting in arrhythmia, (irregular heartbeat). Arrhythmia prevents the heart from supplying blood to the brain and other organs,[…]

Zombie Video Promotes CPR Training

This new Halloween-themed public service video, called The Undeading and produced the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada, features zombies to promote to use of hands only CPR. The video demonstrates that hands only CPR is so simple, that even a zombie could do it.  (While the clip shows the victim ‘waking up’ after zombies apply[…]

Boston Marathon Hands Only CPR Instructional Video

The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Boston Marathon, produced a “hands only” CPR instructional video.  The Boston Marathon will be held on April 16th, and creating awareness of hands only CPR may save lives of participants and viewers. Cardiac arrest happens at races more frequently at than you’d expect, but the long race puts[…]

Hands Only CPR Video with Ken Jeong

Awareness of hands-only CPR is being raised through a series of clever ads starring well-known personalities. Earlier this year, the British Heart Foundation released an instructional video aimed at British audiences starring actor, soccer star Vinnie Jones. The American Heart Association originally released their hands-only CPR video starring Ken Jeong in 2011.  Ken Jeong is not only an[…]

What’s New About Hands-only CPR?

When I received my CPR certification training earlier this year, our instructor described hands-only CPR as the method to use when a face shield (used for protection while giving rescue breaths) is unavailable.  She said that this was a new component of the training program.  It turns out that hands-only CPR is a relatively recent[…]