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DID YOU KNOW? Hands and Hearts


In October, the American Heart Association issued new guidelines for CPR and ECC (emergency cardiovascular care), calling for a change in the CPR sequence from A-B-C (airway, breathing, chest compressions) to C-A-B (chest compressions, airway, breathing) for adults, children, and infants.


The letters sound simple enough, but


according to the AHA, the new model “will require re-education of everyone who has ever learned CPR.” And, of course, that includes Scouters and youths. Richard Bourlon, head of the BSA’s


Health and Safety team, notes that many Scouters will begin learning the new


methods as they take training programs through organizations like the American Red Cross. But he cautions that even with the new guidelines, Scout leaders and Scouts still need to use good judgment depending on the person in trouble and the circumstances. “Many people are asking, ‘Does that


mean I don’t have to do rescue breaths anymore?’” says Bourlon. “But [the new CPR sequence] isn’t one size fits all.” He adds that 325,000 people a year die of sudden cardiac arrest, but only a small percentage of those are youth. “Compression-only may be great for a Scouter who collapses at your meeting, but what about a Scout who rescues a drowning victim? They need air. With our youth and with our Scouting family, we have both exposures.” For more on


the new CPR guidelines, go to heart.org.


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