Update on cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been shown to improve survival for individuals suffering cardiac arrest. Despite this, the delivery of basic life support to victims outside the clinical environment remains poor, particularly as only a minority receive resuscitation. In addition, research continues to examine the optimal techniques for CPR and guidelines have been modified to reflect the latest developments. These guidelines are a compromise between simplicity and effectiveness.