Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hands only CPR - Saving Lives in Spokane

While reading a newsletter recently, I came across a reference to today's DIT link.

What is it?

Well, as you know, CPR is a commonly used method of attempting to revive a patient who has had a Cardiac Arrest .

For years and years the CPR Method recommended and taught by The American Heart Association and other similar groups has consisted of Compression of the heart and mouth to mouth breathing.

However, apparently, many folks do not attempt the 'standard' CPR for fear of contracting a disease from the mouth to mouth part.

So, what to do?

Well, the American Heart Association has done additional study and research and has developed new guidelines which consists of  "Hands Only CPR".

In other words the recommended method now is compression only.

To see a 6 minute 45 second video explaining the rationale for the new guidelines and a demonstration of how it is done, HERE'S THE LINK.