American Study Reveals That Hands-Only CPR Can Save More Lives

October 8th, 2010 - 7:48 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

Hands-Only CPR October 8, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): A recent study in America showed that hands only CPR can actually help to save a lot more lives when compared to the conventional mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

The results of the study showed a number of adults surviving a heart attack when complete strangers on the road helped to stimulate their heart beat by way of continued chest presses.

Dr. Ben Bobrow, belonging to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Phoenix says that it is quite easy for the bystanders as all they have to do is to place their hands on top of each other and push hard and fast. There are absolutely no risks or fear of aggravating the condition associated with the method, he concluded.

Dr. Gordon Ewy of the Sarver Heart Center, Arizona, feels that the hands only CPR work much better for the adults as most people tend to slow down while doing a mouth-to-mouth.

Details about the study have appeared in the ‘Journal of the American Medical Association’ which also show how a sustained awareness program can increase the willingness of the people around to try their hands at CPR.

The public service announcements in Arizona were responsible for reaching as many as 500,000 people. The others means of promotion included e-mails, free classes, YouTube as well as utility bill inserts.

The rate of bystanders who were willing to help went up significantly to 40% from 28 on account of the hands only version, revealed the study figures. The rate of survival also jumped to 13% vis-à-vis 8% when the victims had received a mouth-to-mouth.

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