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THE NEW CPR

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WHEN THE HEART SUDDENLY STOPS (A MORE COMMON EVENT THAN YOU MIGHT THINK) TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.

Without treatment within 10 minutes, the survival rate is almost zero. But when a person in cardiac arrest receives cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) right away, the odds of making it through double or even triple. Because most people are home when the unthinkable happens, quick action by relatives and friends, called “by stander CPR”, is a lifesaving link in the chain of survival, and it’s easier than ever to do, according to American Heart Association guidelines.
“Every able-bodied person should be able to respond to cardiac arrest by at least recognizing it, calling 911 and doing chest compressions”, says Robert Neumar, MD, PhD, immediate past chair of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee.

THE CHANGES...

YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO MOUTH-TO-MOUTH  BREATHING ANYMORE.
The new, called “hands only CPR”, uses continuous chest compressions, and it’s just as effective, experts say.


YOU CAN STILL GIVE CPR IF YOU HAVEN’T HAD TRAINING OR YOUR CERTIFICATION CARD IS EXPIRED.
“Whatever you do is better than nothing”, says Arthur Sanders, MD.  Hands-0n CPR is so simple, you don’t need to take a course or keep current credentials, he adds.  Just watching a video may be as effective as learning on a medical dummy, a University of Pennsylvania study found.

YOU WON’T HURT ANYBODY BY TRYING.
“People worry they will break a rib. But the truth is, the person is dead”,  Sanders says, and Good Samaritan laws in every state offer protection against liability. You can’t be sued for trying— and you might just make a huge difference.

HOW TO GIVE HANDS-ONLY CPR  CALL 911 OR SEND SOMEONE TO CALL.
 Be specific about where you are, especially if using a cell phone.  Dispatchers will get an emergency crew out to help (and can coach you through CPR).

WITH THE HEEL OF YOUR HAND, PUSH HARD AND FAST AT THE CENTER OF THE CHEST.
Try doing it to the beat of the disco classic “Staying Alive” — heart experts say the well-named song sets the perfect pace, about 100 to 120 compressions per minute.  Press down about two inches.

KEEP GOING UNTIL HELP ARRIVES. 

To keep your hands from tiring, lace them together and straighten your arms with your elbows locked as you press down.

BE SAFE

                            

 

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