Hands Only CPR – Is it Real?

In an try to get far more men and women to perform CPR the AHA is suggesting that if you witness sudden cardiac arrest of an Adult and you are unable or unwilling to execute mouth to mouth breaths, you might execute compressions only.

This Hands-Only strategy does not apply to children beneath 12 years old or infants.

Compressions only is not the preferred process. But, it is superior than practically nothing for adults following a witnessed collapse. It is believed that the victim could have up to two minutes of air in the lungs that can be circulated. Just keep in mind, it may well realistically take Fire Division paramedics six-8 minutes to arrive on scene and take more than. That would leave your victim without having oxygen to the brain and other crucial organs for more than four-six minutes. In 3-4 minutes brain damage can happen, soon after four minutes it becomes permanent.

To perform Hands-Only CPR you only will need to confirm that the victim is not breathing. Contact 9-1-1. An quick rule of thumb to determine breathing is if the victim isn’t moving, they are not breathing. Of course the most effective indicator is to watch for Chest and/or abdominal rise in the victim. Next, align hands with fingers interlocked on victims sternum (breastbone) at the mid-nipple line. Merely start continuous compressions at a price of one hundred per minute. Push full depth. The American Heart Association slogan is “Push difficult, Push fast”.

My greatest concern as a CPR instructor and experienced rescuer is most people do not carry any protection such as a CPR barrier mask or gloves with them. This leaves the rescuer vulnerable and with two selections. Neither selection is a great thought. The initially solution (no mask) is not to perform mouth to mouth. Not a superior choice for the victim. Second choice is to do mouth to mouth with out protection. Not a superior alternative for you.

The answer is carry a barrier mask, gloves and antimicrobial wipe. This mixture keeps the rescuer safe and offers the maximum benefit for the victim.

Wayne Bennett is a twenty 5 year fire captain in southern California. He is also the owner of Survival Expertise & Co. a small business specializing in Disaster Response coaching for Schools and Firms. He has educated more than 20,000 persons due to the fact 1991 how to save lives in his one particular day “Disaster Survival Skills” workshops. His business also offers realistic kits and supplies for disaster preparedness. yoursite.com gives NIMS education, CPR & 1st Help classes.