Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hands Only CPR

At some point in your life, you may have been trained to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The guidelines on just how to do it have changed some over the years, but the most recent update includes some changes that could really make a big difference in life saving. Why? First, you have to think about one of the biggest barriers to CPR being done in public, on a stranger. You have to do mouth-to-mouth on someone you do not know. Now, they do make barriers and masks, some of which are small enough to carry with you, but simpler is still better. It turns out that the science has shown that mouth-to-mouth does not really add that much. Furthermore, if you can convince more people to overcome their trepidation and give CPR in the first place, you can make a bigger impact on society. Anyway, if you are interested, read more at the American Heart Association website, and check out these two YouTube videos. Hat tip to @MGKatz036 for the link!

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