Hands only CPR is enough to save lives

July 30th, 2010 - 9:06 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Atlanta, July 30 (THAINDIAN NEWS) According to new research many people at the scene of an emergency will be ready to offer CPR, if paramedics tell them exactly what to do and how to go about it.

New investigation by experts has revealed that just pressing the chest of a patient who can’t breathe can help prevent a death. It suggests that mouth-to-mouth CPR isn’t necessary most of the time.

The American Heart Foundation has been campaigning for just chest pressing CPR in the past two years, but we don’t really know how often that practice is used. The new discoveries could help paramedics and people present at a scene to use the easier practice most of the time.

Dr. Arthur Kellermann, a medical expert said this new practice could help prevent more deaths and it should be used more often. “That could translate into hundreds if not thousands of additional lives saved each year. What are we waiting for?” according to Dr. Arthur Kellermann, who is a RAND Corporation expert on emergency medicine.

It ought to be mentioned that 310,000 people die every year from heart attacks, as they are not able to get proper medical aid on time, as they are not in the hospitals. Only 6 percent of heart attack victims outside hospitals do not die.

However the old CPR technique of chest pressure from the hands and mouth-to-mouth is still mostly used by people.

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