Hands Only CPR

You can skip the mouth-to-mouth breathing and just press on the chest to save a life.

The American Heart Association is promoting a major change in dealing with sudden cardiac arrest in adults.

It says that hands-only CPR works just as well as standard CPR
in those cases.

You should use rapid, deep presses on the victim's chest until
help arrives.

Experts hope bystanders will now be more willing to jump in and
help if they see someone suddenly collapse. Hands-only CPR is
simpler and easier to remember. And it removes a big barrier for
people skittish about administering mouth-to-mouth to strangers.

Mouth-to-mouth breathing should still be used on children, since
a child who collapses is more likely to have breathing problems.


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  • by Scott Location: Jacksonville on Apr 1, 2008 at 04:25 AM
    This technique is for the lay person only. Healthcare professionals will still utilize the chest compressions/mouth to mask technique. Studies have shown that the blood retains enough O2 and with deep chest compressions, this will cause some air to be drawn into the lungs providing for some additional oxygenation. Keeping the brain and heart perfused is extremely inportant to increase survival chances.
  • by Matt Location: Fire Station in Eastern NC on Apr 1, 2008 at 04:22 AM
    To melanie, i see what you are saying and I'm having trouble seeing it the "experts" way also. I read the article somewhere else first and it stated that if the collapse occurs suddenly, there should still be sufficient air in the lungs that all you have to is compress to keep the blood moving. Here's a link to anyone wondering why this was okayed. http://cms.firehouse.com/content/article/article.jsp?id=58954&sectionId=46
  • by Melanie Location: Eastern NC on Mar 31, 2008 at 10:25 PM
    They really need to rethink the breaths not being given. Without Oxygen being delivered to the brain the compressions are no good. Why change something that has been working for years with success? The brain is forgiving except for a lack of oxygen and sugar, isn't that what they have always taught us in Emergency Medicine?
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