|Posted by petemergencyclinic on September 26, 2014 at 4:55 PM|
Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,
Did you know that CPR stands for Cardio Pulmonary Ressussitation, which is the life-saving action taken after a patient, human, or animal, either stops breathing or has a stopped heart.
Many of you are probably Red Cross certified on humans, so I am sure that you can imagine that the procedure is also used on animals.
For the past several years, a large group of veterinary Cardiology end ER experts have been working to study CPR techniques and to determine just what actions work, and which don't. They recently came out with recommendations for veterinary CPR that attempt to standardize CPR and the actions that WORK.
At the recent International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS) in Indianopolis, I was trained in the new techniques. I am now helping our doctors and staff utilize the new actions to give your sick pet the best chance.
A couple of interesting points...
CPR " pumps" on the heart of a dog or cat should be done about 2 per second. If you pump to the tne of the BeeGees song "Staying Alive", you will be about right.
Though "mouth to mouth" has been somewhat de-emphasized in human bystander CPR, breathing is still key in animal CPR. with quick breaths every 6 seconds considered good.
Regarding CPR success: When a pet or person with severe illness involving multiple organ systems arrests, success of CPR is usually very low.
But when a pet has a sudden problem, such as an arrest during anesthesia, the success of CPR is MUCH MUCH higher.
Just wanted you to know a little more about your pet's emergency care.
You CAN do something about pet illness.
That is all.
Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic