Healthy Living: Hands Only CPR

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Updated: Mon, 06 May 2013 02:05:29 EST

     When someone goes into sudden cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? 

     In this Healthy Living, i will show you how hands only CPR can help you save a life.  

If you see someone collapse without a pulse, being trained in the latest, simplified version of CPR can make a lifesaving difference.

     Chuck Asbell of Mid Georgia Ambulance says this chest-compression-only CPR takes all the complications out of CPR. 

 

“We are doing hands only CPR, what we call hands to heart CPR  and it simplifies things, so we no  longer have to worry about respiration  we are just doing compressions hard and fast.  “

 

     

 Research has proven compression-only CPR to be as effective, if not more effective than, the old "mouth to mouth" resuscitation method. 

 

 “W hat they did was find out not a lot of people wanted to do mouth to mouth if they  meet someone on the street unless they were a professional rescuer. They didn't want to try mouth to mouth resuscitation; they were just stand back watching someone die. “

 

The two step technique involves first checking the victim for unresponsiveness. If the person is not responsive, call 911 and return to the victim. You may then  begin chest compressions by  pushing down in the center of the chest 2 inches and keep doing it.  Pump hard and fast Pushing to the beat of the Bee Gees' song “Staying Alive."

 

 

“It is a lot easier. this way is easier, you  no longer have to worry about a compression to respiration ratio, you no longer have to worry about  did  I do 30 compressions,  now I  need to do two breaths. All you have to remember is push hard and fast until help arrives. “

  

 Chest compressions work by circulating oxygen already present in the blood. The bloodstream up until a cardiac arrest contains enough oxygen to sustain life for several minutes. That oxygen must be circulated, either by a beating heart or chest compressions.

 

“ I think it is tremendously important. It is something everyone would know how to do.  You never know when you are going to be approached, you never know if it is going to be mom or dad, sister or brother.”

In 2011, MGA provided CPR  training to over 1,400 people across the state of Georgia. 

     If you would like to take advantage of free hands to heart training beginning February 18, visit midgeorgiaambulance.com

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