cardiopulmonary resuscitation


Definition of cardiopulmonary resuscitation

: a procedure designed to restore normal breathing after cardiac arrest that includes the clearance of air passages to the lungs, mouth-to-mouth method of artificial respiration, and heart massage by the exertion of pressure on the chest

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Recent Examples on the Web Emergency services performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 45 minutes but couldn't save his life. Jack Guy, CNN, "Two-time world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin dies in spearfishing accident," 8 July 2020 Her son and daughter, on the East Coast, have been unable to see their father, who is in quarantine in California after giving their mother cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "She Was More Than a Statistic in a Pandemic: ‘We Didn’t Want Her to Get Lost’," 22 Mar. 2020 These procedures include cardiopulmonary resuscitation or inserting a tube through the mouth and into the airway so that a patient can receive help breathing from a ventilator. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin hospitals go through training exercises, equipment calculations to prepare for coronavirus onslaught," 12 Mar. 2020 On that date, Forgach, of Parma Heights, saved the life of an elderly woman by instructing the woman’s grandson, over the phone, how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. cleveland, "Dispatcher, a Parma Heights resident, lauded for efforts in saving life of Richmond Heights grandmother," 31 Jan. 2020 The In-Hospital DNR is an order instructing a health care professional not to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation on you if your circulatory or respiratory function ceases. Dallas News, "Choosing a natural end," 12 Jan. 2020 Upon arrival, officers confirmed that the boy was not breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was initiated. Caitlin Taylor, Detroit Free Press, "Monroe boy, 2, in critical condition after suspected assault by mother, boyfriend," 23 Dec. 2019 Responding officers found the 55-year-old man unresponsive and began to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, police said. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Man dies after being detained by security at Lakeview East Jewel-Osco on suspicion of shoplifting," 21 Nov. 2019 The mother found the baby and immediately performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until firefighters arrived. Ayano Nagaishi, azcentral, "1-year-old baby pulled from backyard pool in Glendale," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation

1972, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jul 2020

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“Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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cardiopulmonary resuscitation

car·​dio·​pul·​mo·​nary re·​sus·​ci·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkär-dē-ō-ˈpu̇l-mə-ˌner-ē- \

Kids Definition of cardiopulmonary resuscitation

: a method used in an emergency to save the life of a person whose heart has stopped beating that involves breathing into the victim's mouth to force air into the lungs and pressing on the victim's chest to cause blood to flow through the body

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Medical Definition of cardiopulmonary resuscitation

: a procedure designed to restore normal breathing after cardiac arrest that includes the clearance of air passages to the lungs, the mouth-to-mouth method of artificial respiration, and cardiac massage by the exertion of pressure on the chest abbreviation CPR

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