Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) saves lives. How? By maintaining a flow of oxygen through the patient until professional help arrives and can provide more advanced treatment.
Conventional CPR has two components, mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing and chest compressions.
In some recent studies, Compression-Only CPR, which is also called Hands-Only CPR, has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR. And a study in Arizona showed it to be more effective than conventional CPR, probably because bystanders are more willing to do it.
Here’s a video from the American Red Cross explaining how to do Compression-Only CPR . . .
As you see, it’s as simple as placing the heel of your hand over the victim’s breast bone (between the nipples) and pressing the chest down about 2″ at the rate of 100 pushes per minute. Continue until help arrives and you are instructed to stop.
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