New CPR GuidelinesBy Home Security Source Oct 28 , 2010 | 12:05:00 pmPosted in: Personal Safety, Senior Safety
The American Heart Association has recently announced new guidelines for performing CPR. The updated guidelines focus on chest compressions to keep oxygen that is still in the lungs and blood circulating to vital organs. In the past, everyone from lifeguards to babysitters was taught to immediately check the victim’s airway, then breathing and then administer compressions (ABC).
Earlier this year the AHA encouraged untrained professionals performing CPR to use hands-only CPR until emergency responders arrive at the scene. While hands-only CPR is still effective, it is now suggested that everyone, rescuers included, begin CPR with hard, fast chest compressions. Medical experts say that after sudden cardiac arrest chest compressions can mimic the hearts pumping function.
According to the AHA effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. You and those that care for your children or elderly parents should be CPR certified and stay updated on the latest guidelines. For more information and step-by-step instructions on how to perform the new CPR watch this 2010 guidelines for CPR YouTube video.
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