CardioCerebral Resuscitation (CCR)
Most witnessed, unexpected, adult collapses are from cardiac arrest. Over a decade ago an observation was made by a distraught woman whose husband had collapsed and she was attempting CPR. “Why is it that every time I press on his chest he opens his eyes, and every time I stop to breathe for him he goes back to sleep?” She summarized in layman’s terms the fact that cerebral perfusion is critical to neurological function. The Sarver Heart Saver Group in Tucson Arizona has pioneered a better model of resuscitation based on that principal.
A person’s vital organs can be maintained for long periods of time if adequate and continuous chest compressions are performed. It takes one minute of proper chest compressions to generate blood flow to the brain. If compressions are stopped that blood flow drops after 5 seconds. Compressions interrupted for 10 seconds or more ceases all blood flow to the brain and another minute of compressions are required to reestablish that blood supply. Blood flow to the brain and heart are dependent on several factors:
- Vascular Resistance
- Vascular Volume
- Intrathoracic Pressure