‘Hands-Only’ CPR May Work Best For Cardiac Arrest

cpr hatz trainingAmong adults whose heart had stopped beating, those who received “hands-only” cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander were 60 percent more likely to survive than those who received no CPR or conventional CPR with mouth-to-mouth breathing. This is good news, researchers said, because not only is “hands-only” CPR — in which the rescuer does rapid, uninterrupted chest compressions — easier for the public to learn and remember, research shows bystanders are more likely to act when they don’t have to do mouth-to-mouth. 

“Anyone can do ‘hands-only’ CPR and anyone can save a life,” contends lead study author Dr. Bentley J. Bobrow, medical director of the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma.  

“You don’t have to have a special certification or take a special course,” said Bobrow, who is also an emergency physician at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. 

Researchers stressed the findings apply only to adults given CPR by the lay public. Children should still usually receive rescue breathing, Bobrow said, as well as anyone who was choking, drowning or having breathing trouble before becoming unconscious. Read more in APP.

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  1. I took a class with a company called Health Saver Training Solutions, they did talk about hands only CPR. I would suggest this company to anyone who is interested in learning CPR, They gave me a class in my home and are based out of Lakewood. They have a sign on Lakewood First Aid building. 732-50 Train. I feel so much more comfortable now that i have learned CPR from a very professional company. TLS editor I hope you post this, they deserve to be recognized for what they do in this community

  2. Health saver training solutions also came to my house. We had a few couples together, and they gave a great price. They came down with a male and female instructor. We felt so comforable and we learned alot.I now feel in case of an emergency I AM READY. I recommend them to everyone from young kids to young adults.

  3. Remember, this is only for layman/bystander CPR, because those people are usually not especially familiar with the pattern of chest compressions and rescue breathing.

    Professional CPR remains the same with the combination of compressions and rescue breathing proving to be most effective.

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