Cardiopulmonary

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Cardiopulmonary Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    cardiopulmonary adj : of or pertaining to or affecting both the heart and the lungs and their functions; "cardiopulmonary resuscitation" [syn: cardiorespiratory]
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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure for people in cardiac arrest or, in some circumstances, respiratory arrest.

CPR involves physical interventions to create artificial circulation through rhythmic pressing on the patient's chest to manually pump blood through the heart, called chest compressions, and usually also involves the rescuer exhaling into the patient (or using a device to simulate this) to ventilate the lungs and pass oxygen in to the blood, called artificial respiration.

Despite its name, CPR is unlikely to restart the heart; its main purpose is to maintain a flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and the heart, which are both the most essential organs to human life and the most vulnerable to damage from lack of oxygen (hypoxia). Effective CPR helps by delaying tissue death and extending the brief window of opportunity for a successful resuscitation without permanent brain damage. Advanced life support, including intravenous drugs and defibrillation (the administration of an electric shock to the heart) is usually needed to restore a viable or "perfusing" heart rhythm--one which will support life. This only works for patients in certain heart rhythms, namely ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia, rather than the 'flat line' asystolic patient, although CPR can help induce a shockable rhythm in an asystolic patient.

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  • AACVPR Integration, Windows® 7 Top Features of New VersaCare 2.1 Release for Cardiopulmonary Rehab
    The ScottCare Corporation announces the newest version of its multi-parameter telemetry solution, TeleRehab™ VersaCare 2.1, which is the industry’s first Windows® 7-based cardiopul Read more on this news related to 'Cardiopulmonary'
  • CPR for everyone!
    I have recently taken a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course at a private hospital. I can now perform CPR on anyone who needs it. If everyone realizes the importance of CPR, they will understand the humane purpose of the course and the reason for taking it. Performing CPR on any person who might faint and lose consciousness in front of you is a humane act. Read more on this news related to 'Cardiopulmonary'
  • Sister Dorothy Epple, 86, teacher
    Sister Dorothy Epple, 86, a retired teacher, died Tuesday, June 24, of cardiopulmonary collapse at Assisi House in Aston Township, Delaware County. Read more on this news related to 'Cardiopulmonary'

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