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Nov 08

What’s This I Hear About Compression Only CPR?

There has been a lot of media addressing the studies on “compression only CPR”. Sometime at the end of 2010, or the beginning of 2011, the new CPR curriculum will begin appearing in training courses throughout the country – the world, really.

The good news is that training has been even more simplified. But, in contrast to the media blasts, rescue breaths with compression are still included in training courses for lay rescuers and healthcare providers.

As in the past, rescue breaths are an option for lay rescuers who have an objection to direct mouth-to-mouth contact. This is why CPR barriers should be demonstrated and offered in CPR training courses. Rescue breaths with compressions are more beneficial to the victim, but compressions alone are better than doing nothing at all.

A more major change, however, is that the A-B-C steps for treating an unconscious victim will become C-A-B:  Compressions, Airway, and then Breathing.

Additionally, the American Red Cross and American Heart Association jointly announced changes to guidelines for first aid. Among the updates are new recommendations for the treatment of snake bites, anaphylaxis (shock due to allergic reaction), jellyfish stings and severe bleeding. The new First Aid Guidelines are being published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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