Thursday, January 13, 2011

Australian Resuscitation Council Release Revised Guidelines

The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) has now published its revised resuscitation guidelines for Basic, Advanced, Paediatric and Neonatal Life Support. These changes reflect the most recent scientific evidence which was evaluated and recently published by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) and its member organisations, including the Australian Resuscitation Council.

The guidelines continue to emphasise the importance of commencing resuscitation and providing good quality CPR. Resuscitation should be commenced where the person is unresponsive and not breathing normally as feeling for a pulse is unreliable in determining if a person needs resuscitation. It is now recommended that at the commencement of resuscitation 30 chest compressions are provided before giving the initial rescue breaths. The compression / ventilation remains at 30 compressions to 2 ventilations. The ARC also recommends that if a person is unwilling or unable to provided full CPR (ie chest compressions plus rescue breathing) then they should provide continuous chest compressions at a rate of just over 1 compression per second.

The revised guidelines for Basic, Advanced, Paediatric and Neonatal Life Support are available at and for the first time have been jointly developed and published with the New Zealand Resuscitation Council (NZRC).

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Belated Christmas Gift

I received this bottle of wine as a belated Christmas gift. No it isn't a hoax - it is a genuine bottle of wine. Someone told the wine maker about the effects of Oxytocin on the body and they thought what a perfect name for a wine. The label reads "You know that feeling when you're on top of the world, you've got a smile on your face and a warm inner glow? It's probably Oxytocin - a wonderful hormone our brain naturally releases putting us into a state of bliss.

Sometimes Oxytocin is called the 'love drug', because it's integral in the boding between mother and child, lovers and friends ..."