Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, better known as CPR, is a technique that can save someone’s life when their breathing or heartbeat has stopped. A new approach to administering CPR is now being used: CPR with hands only and no mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. This procedure is recommended for use on adults who suddenly collapse. Most cardiac emergencies occur at home. With that in mind, always remember that the life you save with CPR is most likely to be someone you love.
Even if you are not trained in CPR, it is better to help a victim than to do nothing at all. If you see an unresponsive adult who is not breathing or not breathing normally, call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest. Immediate CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival. The best way to learn how to administer CPR is in a class taught by a certified instructor.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends conventional CPR (that is, CPR with a combination of breaths and compressions) for all infants and children, for adult victims who are found already unconscious and not breathing normally, and for any victims of drowning or collapse due to breathing problems. To find out more information go to the American Heart Association website.
Here’s a short video from the AHA on Hands-Only CPR:
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