The C-A-B method is an alternative approach to cardiopulmonary rescue (CPR) that increases the chances of survival for people who suffer from cardiopulmonary arrest or airway obstruction. This technique differs from the traditional A-B-C approach in that it emphasizes chest compressions before airways and ventilations.

Indeed, the primary goal of the C-A-B technique is to reduce the time to first chest compression, which is critical to maintaining blood flow and brain oxygenation. By starting with chest compressions, rescuers can quickly initiate the cardiac resuscitation process, without having to attend to airways and ventilations first.

Thus, the C-A-B technique can be considered a more effective and rapid approach to cardiac resuscitation, especially in emergency situations where every second counts. However, it should be emphasized that this technique is not suitable for all cases and that it is important to follow the guidelines and protocols established by the relevant medical authorities.


Definition and Meaning

The CAB resuscitation technique is a simplified approach to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) used to help save the life of a person in cardiac arrest. CAB stands for chest compression, airway and breathing. This technique involves first performing chest compressions to help maintain blood flow, followed by opening the airway and checking for breathing, then ventilation (blowing air into the person's lungs). This approach differs from the older ABC (airway, breathing, compression) technique that emphasized opening the airway first. The CAB technique is recommended for first aid on victims of cardiac arrest without apparent cause. However, it is important to follow specific recommended resuscitation protocols to ensure effective assistance in an emergency.

ILCOR recommendation

The new ILCOR (International Liaison Committee On Resuscitation) CPR guidelines recommend the C-A-B technique for rescuers. This involves starting cardiopulmonary rescue with chest compressions, followed by airway clearance (opening) and finally ventilations, instead of the traditional A-B-C order.

This technique is intended to reduce the time between cardiac arrest and the first chest compression, thereby increasing the victim's chances of survival. It is important to remember that the rescuer must begin CPR with chest compressions, the C-A-B cycle.