If you heard about the man who survived a cardiac arrest by receiving 96 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), you might be wondering how I feel now about our position on when to discontinue CPR.

In the wilderness or remote setting, stop resuscitation if there is no pulse after performing 30 minutes of continuous CPR.

The legal system is the final arbiter of what abandonment is and when it has occurred. CPR, even good CPR, cannot sustain a person’s viability indefinitely. From published reports and studies, 30 minutes seems to be a reasonable time frame. Regardless of time, do not put yourselves or others at risk.

“Giggling was common when they first gave their inflatable mannequins mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and more than a few decided to head butt or slap their Mini Anne CPR dummies. But most appeared to take the lesson seriously.”



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