Hands-Only CPR

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park). It consists of two easy steps:

 

 

Good chest compressions during CPR does lead to significant injuries.

A brief accounting of the injuries from CPR from this study show:

  • Multiple rib fractures: 57.3%
  • Sternal fractures: 54.2%
  • Intrathoracic bleeding: 36.1%
  • Cardiac injuries: 7.2%
  • Liver injuries: 3.6%

Luckily none of these injuries were judged to have contributed to the cause of death.

AHA 2015 Guidelines: A Preview

On October 15, the new American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECG will be published. Then we will get the answers to the big questions many of us have wondered about?

  1. Has epinephrine in cardiac arrest seen its last days?
  2. Should paramedics continue to intubate cardiac arrest patients?
  3. Will traditional CPR be abandoned for cardiocerebral Resuscitation (CCR)?