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CPR Help Tips (4-5-2007) 


CHEST PRESSES, NOT BREATHS, HELP CPR


A study in Japan showed that people were more likely to recover without brain damage if rescuers focused on chest compressions rather than rescue breaths.  Some experts advised dropping the mouth-to-mouth part of CPR altogether.  The study was published in the medical journal, The Lancet on March 16, 2007.

More than 300,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest each year.  About 75 - 80 percent of all cardiac arrests outside a hospital happen at home and effective CPR can double a victim's chance of survival.  Roughly 9 out of 10 cardiac arrest victims die before they get to the hospital -- partly because they don't get CPR.
 
It is important to know that of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques and chest compressions are more important than mouth to mouth respiration.  Chest presses may still make a difference even if one is reluctant or cannot provide mouth to mouth ventilation.  To read more click here:
 
Chest presses, not breaths, help CPR