Compression-Only CPR

18 Oct

If you already know this, the people around you should be thankful.

You’re going to know it now, and people around you will be thankful.

Can you remember how many chest compressions you’re supposed to do between how many breaths when doing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)?  I never can.  Now you don’t have to worry about it at all.

The new CPR technique is to use compression only – don’t worry about giving artificial breaths.

The theory behind this new technique is that there is plenty of oxygen remaining in your blood stream to sustain your brain – if it can only get there.  If your heart stops and you’re not breathing, your blood ain’t moving, but if someone does chest compressions, the blood will be moved out of your heart and up to your brain, gaining precious minutes that could save your life.

So, if someone stops breathing and doesn’t have a heartbeat, the first thing to do is call 911.  Then, place the heel of your hand on the person’s breast bone (or their abdomen if you’re worried about breaking ribs) and interlock the fingers of your other hand with the fingers of the first hand – and start pumping as hard and as fast as you can – 60 to 100 beats per minute is the goal.

This makes so much sense, if you stop to think about how long people like synchronized swimmers hold their breath without any problem.

I learned this tonight on CNN while channeling surfing – very cool.

According to Wikipedia, this technique is also known as Cardiocerebral Resuscitation (CCR).  Last year in March, the American Heart Association said CCR worked as well and sometimes better than CPR.  Plus, since CCR doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth contact, more lay people are willing to perform it.

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