The recent press reports from the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) on “Compression Only CPR” were in response to two papers published in the New England Journal of Medicine. These articles are consistent with the current ARC guidelines recommending that “ANY ATTEMPT AT RESUSCITATION IS BETTER THAN NO ATTEMPT” and if a rescuer is unwilling to do rescue breaths then chest compressions are better than nothing.
As previously advised, the ARC is currently reviewing its guidelines in light of the ILCOR evidence evaluation process. The revised ARC guidelines will be released in December 2010.
Download the A4 version of this announcement here: COCPR