Hands-Only CPR, Pushy Dispatchers Are Lifesavers

View Comments

CBS Detroit (con't)

Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSDetroit.com/ACA

Health News & Information: CBSDetroit.com/Health

New research shows that more bystanders are willing to attempt CPR if an emergency dispatcher gives them firm and direct instructions — especially if they can just press on the chest and skip the mouth-to-mouth.

Two new studies conclude that “hands-only” chest compression is enough to save a life. The studies are the largest yet to suggest that breathing into a victim’s mouth isn’t needed in most cases.

Only about 6 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital survive. However, one study reported survival rates of about 12 percent when bystanders were coached by dispatchers to do CPR. There was no difference in survival rates between hands-only and traditional CPR.

The studies are in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,935 other followers