ABSTRACT Recently in human medicine there has been a shift in advice from ABC (airway, breathing, circulation] to CAB (circulation, airway, breathing) in cases of cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation (CPCR); with a public campaign from the British Heart Foundation stating a preference towards hands-only CPCR [www.bhf.org.uk]. There has been much debate in veterinary medicine as to which approach is best to take in our patients and if there should be a shift in thinking. This article will be focusing on Basic Life Support [BLS].


Samantha Flavell, CertVN ECC RVN MBVNA

Samantha qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2003 and worked in a number of practices in the West Midlands until February 2007. Returning to veterinary nursing in 2009 – following a career break in finance – she worked as a locum nurse, covering positions in hospitals, charities, referral centres, night work as well as small animal day practice.

In March 2012. Samantha joined the PDSA as a Veterinary Nurse in its Quinton hospital in Birmingham and has recently been awarded the Veterinary Nursing Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care.

Keywords: Clinical, Medicine, Cardiopulmonary

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 28 (07) • May 2013 • pp160-162

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