Hands only CPR can help you save lives

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – CPR can save lives.  The most common type combines chest compressions with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.  A couple of new studies say you can still save lives without mouth-to-mouth.  It's called hands only CPR and is recommended by the American Heart Association.  It was first introduced and supported in 2008.  While it is a simplified form of CPR it cannot be used in every situation.

"Simply putting the heel of your hand in the center of the chest put your other hand over that hand and compress hard and fast," said Medic One Education Director Shawn Perrin.

Perrin is a member for the American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee.  He said the different type of CPR is different from what we've always been taught.

"For years it's been to provide an airway and give breathes if needed and to do chest compressions," said Perrin.

This type of cardiopulmonary resuscitation is still recommended in most situations, but in one category where CPR is needed, the hands only method could be a better choice.

"If someone were to collapse and you witness that then they're still breathing and still have oxygenated blood in their system," said Perrin.

In that case you don't have to breathe for them.  If there's an AED on hand you can also use that just by following the directions on the device because you are the first line of help for your friends and relatives!

"In a rural area like in Region 8, where it may take several minutes for an ambulance to respond to a scene, if there's no one there to do bystander CPR and do it the right way you've greatly diminished their chances of survival," said Perrin.

By jumping in and doing CPR you double a person's chance of surviving.  While this recommendation has been released, new guidelines from the American Heart Association will be released on October 18th.

"People say that something is better than nothing, but doing the right way is better than something," said Perrin.

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