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%.