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"Hands-only" CPR Saves Lives

If a person is unresponsive and not breathing normally. Why Hands-only CPR is better Compressions keep blood flow constant. The rescue breaths performed with conventional CPR interrupt the flow. A less complicated process. Emergency dispatchers can quickly instruct on the phone and there is less anxiety about doing it incorrectly. Plenty of air in the lungs. Compressions are more important than breaths, circulating oxygen-rich blood. Performing chest compressions Survival Fewer worries about contagious diseases or awkward mouth- rate is 1 Have someone call 911 and see if an AED is available. higher. to-mouth contact. Straighten Automatic External Defibrillators give step-by-step instructions and will only discharge if the machine detects the patient needs it. arms HANDS-ONLY' CPR SAVES Let the chest expand fully after each compression. Take all your weight off the person. Try to rouse the person, shake him and shout Begin chest compressions immediately 3 Brain damage begins in 4 minutes. In 10 minutes, brain death is certain. Compressions push oxygenated blood from the heart to the brain. Air in the lungs oxygenates circulating blood. In the middle of the chest, place one hand over Recent studies show that Compression-Only CPR (COCPR) increases the survival rate of cardiac the other, on arrest patients. It has been recommended by the American Heart Association since 2008. Do compressions until emergency help arrives. the sternum bone between nipples. Perform 100 compressions a minute, to the beat of "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees. Switch with another person if needed. Comparing COCPR and CPR Data from a five-year studyt supports the use of COCPR versus * Many people gasp during a cardiac arrest. This is not considered normal breathing. Chest compressions are still necessary. conventional CPR. Cases show CPR used by bystanders, not medical personnel. IN 2009 306 IN 2009 19.6% 75.9% Person should be laying on a hard surface. Kneel beside 235 of bystanders used COCPR of bystanders used COCPR 145 FIVE-YEAR STUDY SURVIVAL RATE him. 130 COCPR versus CPR 33 60% COCPR cases improved odds of being discharged from hospital Push at least two inches into the chest COCPR patients discharged (for adults and children) or 1.5 inches (for infants). 97 13.3% 124 CPR cases CPR patients 144 7.8% 135 166 *Arizona began a training program for COCPR prior to the five-year study. Training included: in-person and online, kits, public service announcements, information tables, summer youth classes, and features in newspapers, radio and television. SOURCES: "Chest compression: Only CPR by lay rescuers and survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest", Journal of American Medical Association; American Heart Association; "Chest compression only CPR: Save your breath.save a life." The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center CINDY JONES-HULFACHOR/STAFF GRAPHIC cjones-hulfachor@sunSentinel.com News Illustrated For News Illustrated pages and interactive graphics SunSentinel.com/theedge HK For health-related stories SunSentine com/health 2006

"Hands-only" CPR Saves Lives

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Recent studies show that Compression-Only CPR increases the survival rate of cardiac arrest patients. It has been recommended by the American Heart Association.

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