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Doctors Promote New, Easier CPR

May 18, 2008 03:47 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The American Heart Association is presenting simplified CPR guidelines to encourage more people to intervene when someone collapses.

30-Second Summary

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Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation no longer requires a person to give mouth-to-mouth. The American Heart Association is advocating a new technique called Hands-Only CPR. With that, a person needs only to push hard and fast on the chest of someone who has collapsed.

According to the association, “Providing Hands-Only CPR to an adult who has collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest can more than double that person’s chance of survival.”

This technique isn’t supposed to be used in every case: it shouldn’t be used on children or people who collapsed because of breathing problems or drowning.

A person who collapsed without witnesses should also be treated with conventional CPR. A findingDulcinea First Aid Web Guide has links to CPR information and classes.

Hands-only CPR, though new to the public at large, has been the subject of many studies, and two years ago, one cardiologist convinced emergency service officials in Tucson, Ariz., to teach it.

Headline Links: ‘Hands-Only CPR’

Reaction: A nurse responds

Reference: First Aid Web Guide

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