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Escondido Mother to Share Story of How CPR Saved Her Son’s Life

WHAT: The American Heart Association and Rady Children’s Hospital are teaming up to share new CPR guidelines that go into effect on April 1. In previous guidelines, the association recommended looking, listening and feeling for normal breathing before starting CPR.  Research showed this approach was causing significant delays in starting chest compressions, which are essential for keeping oxygen-rich blood circulating through the body.  Now, compressions should be started immediately on anyone who is unresponsive and not breathing normally.  As a result, the order has been switched from ABC (Airway, Breathing and Chest Compressions) to CAB (C-A-B, Chest Compressions, Airway and Breathing). 

The change in the CPR sequence applies to adults, children and infants, but excludes newborns.  Click here for more detailed information. Matt Wilder, M.D., and Nurse Educator Jackie Straub, R.N., will discuss and demonstrate the new CPR sequence during a news conference.  Mother Tammy Quinones of Escondido will speak about how CPR helped save her 13 year-old son’s life on December 14, 2010 when he collapsed at Rincon Middle School.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Rady Children’s Medical Office Building, 3030 Children’s Way, Room 113, San Diego, CA 92123.

WHO: Pediatric Intensive Care Fellow Matt Wilder, M.D., Nurse Educator Jackie Straub, R.N., 13-year-old Ian Quinones.

VISUALS: Demonstration of the new CPR sequence using mannequins.