It's important to note: the AHA guidelines recommends unconfident performers should at least perform chest compressions upon the patient since studies show chest compressions can be as effective as the combination of CPR.
When to stop CPR
If the patient regains a pulse, if the area becomes unsafe, if cardiac arrest last longer than 30 minutes, if the rescuer(s) is too exhausted or ordered to stop. Or, if these complications arise: Fractures, punctures, lung ruptures or collapses, rib separation, bruises of the heart and/or lungs.
It is recommended for untrained rescuers to provide Compression-only CPR because it is easy for an operator (dispatcher) to provide guided instructions over the telephone. Remember, it is a priority to activate the Emergency Response System immediately and to provide chest compressions.
The expectation is that Health Care Providers (HCP's) are properly trained in CPR and effectively able to perform both compressions and ventilation. Priority for the HCP (especially if alone) should be to activate the Emergency Response System as well as perform compressions. Priority may change sequence depending on circumstances (ie: AED availability).
Bloodborne Pathogens to be aware of:
Hepatitis B and C (HBV / HCV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Tuberculosis (TB).