Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR for short is a life-saving procedure that anybody can learn, even kids as young as 12. Yet, many people hesitate to do this during cases of emergency for many different reasons. One of the main barriers to CPR is the practice of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, which for cultural and hygienic reasons, not many people are willing to do. The new Continuous Chest Compression hands-only CPR aims to overcome this barrier. It is also easier to use and more effective that traditional CPR.
According to the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona:
Learn Sarver Heart Center’s Continuous Chest Compression CPR
Every three days, more Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest than the number who died in the 9-11 attacks. You can lessen this recurring loss by learning Continuous Chest Compression CPR, a hands-only CPR method that doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. It’s easy and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact, making it more likely bystanders will try to help, and it was developed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
To make it easier for people to learn this CPR method, the university developed a video than can instruct people.
“This video is worth sharing,” said Gordon A. Ewy, MD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and one of the research pioneers who developed this method.
Take note that this CPR technique is not suitable for infants and people who are drowning.