Friday, September 10, 2010

Save A Life

There's a new version of the life-saving technique known as CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and the new method is both easier to perform and more effective at saving a life, according to Dr. Gordon A. Ewy, MD and Dr. Karl B. Kern, MD of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center. 

Called Continuous Chest Compression CPR, the new technique eliminates the need to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, focusing entirely on a rapid and continuous chest compression to pump blood through the circulatory system.

To view a 6-minute video clip that demonstrates and explains how to perform the Continuous Chest Compression technique, click here.

A few things are important to note:
  • You do not need to be certified to perform the procedure.
  • Because of the Good Samaritan laws, you are not at legal risk if you perform this technique.
  • With this method, you don't check for a pulse, clear the airway, or do mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing. All you do is pump on the chest.
  • This technique is NOT recommended for use on infants or small children, nor for drowning victims … the original version of CPR (chest compressions combined with mouth-to-mouth ventilation) is employed for those cases. 
  • Every minute, someone dies from sudden cardiac arrest. It's the number-one killer in the United States. 
  • For every minute you delay CPR, the chance of survival drops by 10%.

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