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The american heart association has changed adult CPR. i think it might be better with compressions only as i have been with ems for years and have very rarely had to use CPR. As a matter of fact i think it is my least used skill. to take a look and tell what do you think.

CPR. A lifesaving action.
When an adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, his or her survival depends greatly on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Unfortunately, less than 1/3 of those people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location get that help. Most bystanders are worried that they might do something wrong or make things worse. That’s why the AHA has simplified things.

Two steps to save a life.
When an adult suddenly collapses, trained or untrained bystanders – that means a person near the victim – should:

1) Call 911
2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.

Studies of real emergencies that have occurred in homes, at work or in public locations, show that these two steps, called Hands-Only CPR, can be as effective as conventional CPR. Providing Hands-Only CPR to an adult who has collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest can more than double that person’s chance of survival.

Don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help.
It’s not normal to see an adult suddenly collapse, but if you do, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help.

Take a minute and look around this site. You will find more information about Hands-Only CPR on the resources and FAQs pages, including a video demonstration. You’ll also find information about the science behind this recommendation, fun videos to watch and much more. Invite your friends to this site, too! Increasing the number of people who know about Hands-Only CPR will increase the chance that someone can and will help when an adult suddenly collapses and more lives will be saved.


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everything i've read says that the main reason they are doing this is to get rid of the mouth to mouth "yick factor" that some citizens might have that'd deter them from CPR and that healthcare providers would keep the regular CPR requirements
Dane co in Wi is no longer doing cpr it's now called ccr.... only chest pounding and the last time i heard of the statistics....only one of like 10 or 15 ppl have not made it from this new form....
I believe Marie is correct, I would say don't make too many quick changes until more directives come out and local or state protocol statements are made. The bottom line has not changed, we need to get the public to call 911 ASAP and then quality CPR needs to be done immediatly even if it is compression only. AHA is only making more formal what they have said for years to get people past the "yick factor" as Marie so politely put it.
i agree because most everyone i know outside of ems, fire would not do actual mouth to mouth.
quick question... how can you gt away from the guidelines/standards... thats like not listening to the NFPA... the AHA makes the changes for a reason... i hate to say it but thats a lawsuit just waiting to happen... best of luck with that...
Forget "some citizens" and the yick factor- I'm with them! Cold day in hell before I plant my lips on anyone for CPR without proper protection!

I was actually udner the impression it was changing as the improvements and success factors with mouht-to-mouth versus comperssions only was minimal...
yes, but we have barrier devices unlike citizens..... if anything it'd only be changed for adults anyway since adult issues are usually cardiac in origin whereas child issues are usually respiratory in nature (resper failure goes to resper arrest which goes to cardio-pulmonary failure) ...... the few times kids have problems that initially started out cardiac in nature its generally massive congenital defects that caused it and we're not goin to be able to solve that
actually per new layperson guidelines there is no pulse check (of course there is for HCP CPR though) ...... thought process being that the penalty for a civillian thinking there was a pulse and there wasn't and not doing CPR versus them doing CPR on someone who obviously isnt compensating adequately at a minimum due to ALOC and MAYBE has some form of heart rate is greater.......... civillians just have not had proper training in how to find pulses especially quick enough (under 10 seconds) so its best they just assume its a full out CPR scenario if the person is showing no obvious signs of life and is not breathing.
I'll stick to my written guidlines and training! It helps that I have a barrier mask on me (always) and a BVM in my jumpbag. For us the "yick" factor is low. But...Do as you are trained!
i figure most fire dept and ems providers will keep with the older guidlinesand use compressions and wel as ventilations(BVM). IT IS MY understanding they don't plan to change it for fire and ems here any time soon. just for untrained, unequiped civilians
Marie, you are wise beyond your years........keep up the good work.
haha i dunno bout all that, thanks though!!!!!!!!!!

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