Cardio-Cerebral Resuscitation

Cardiocerebral resuscitation (CCR) is a new approach to patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest that has been shown to improve rates of neurologically intact survival.

CCR – also known as Call & Pump – consists of continuous chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth ventilation (rescue breaths) for all bystanders of witnessed cardiac arrests and for first responders.

Early trials of the technique began in Tucson, AZ (2003), and Rock and Walworth Counties, (2004). The City of Madison Fire Department began using the protocol under the direction of then-Medical Director, Dr. Darren Bean.

Anyone can use this technique by following a few simple steps outlined in this fact sheet.

Please remember these important points:

  • This technique should be used on witnessed cardiac arrest on adults.
  • An adult is anyone over 18 years of age.
  • Traditional CPR with breathing should still be performed on victims of drowning, electrocution, drug overdose, and choking. Traditional CPR is also performed on children and infants.

Community groups may request free training from members of the Community Education Unit by called (608) 266-4709.

CPR training is also available through the American Red Cross – Badger Chapter or the American Heart Association.