HANDS ONLY CPR
ANCHOR LEAD: THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HAS ONCE AGAIN CHANGED THE STANDARD FOR CPR, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
CPR has changed again. The American Heart Association is now recommending hands only CPR instead of a certain number of chest compressions followed by mouth to mouth resuscitation. Rick Lange, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, says for many would be rescuers, this is good news.
LANGE: Since most sudden deaths occur in situations where bystanders, not friends, will be administering CPR, there’s been a real reluctance to do traditional mouth to mouth followed by compressions. Now five years ago we realized that we needed to do less mouth to mouth, now the recommendations are just to do compressions. Now the nice thing about it is its very easy to teach, secondly its very easy to remember, third is for people who are really concerned about doing mouth to mouth on a stranger, that really shouldn’t be an issue. :26
Turns out that the most important thing for survival is keeping the blood moving, so chest compressions alone work just fine. Lange emphasizes that the best chance for survival is still to get EMTs on the scene and transport the person to a hospital without delay. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.