Hands Only CPR – Is it Real?

In an attempt to get more people to execute 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 may possibly carry out compressions only.

This Hands-Only method does not apply to children under 12 years old or infants.

Compressions only is not the preferred method. But, it is better than practically nothing for adults following a witnessed collapse. It is believed that the victim may have up to two minutes of air in the lungs that can be circulated. Just recall, it may realistically take Fire Division paramedics six-eight minutes to arrive on scene and take over. That would leave your victim with out oxygen to the brain and other vital organs for more than 4-6 minutes. In three-four minutes brain harm can happen, just after four minutes it becomes permanent.

To carry out Hands-Only CPR you only want to confirm that the victim is not breathing. Get in touch with 9-1-1. An quick rule of thumb to decide breathing is if the victim is not moving, they are not breathing. Of course the ideal indicator is to watch for Chest and/or abdominal rise in the victim. Subsequent, align hands with fingers interlocked on victims sternum (breastbone) at the mid-nipple line. Merely start continuous compressions at a rate of one hundred per minute. Push full depth. The American Heart Association slogan is “Push challenging, Push speedy”.

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 choices. Neither choice is a good idea. The 1st choice (no mask) is not to carry out mouth to mouth. Not a good solution for the victim. Second alternative is to do mouth to mouth without having protection. CPR Certification in Dublin for you.

The solution is carry a barrier mask, gloves and antimicrobial wipe. This mixture keeps the rescuer safe and supplies the maximum advantage for the victim.

Wayne Bennett is a twenty five year fire captain in southern California. He is also the owner of Survival Expertise & Co. a business enterprise specializing in Disaster Response training for Schools and Firms. He has trained over 20,000 persons since 1991 how to save lives in his one particular day “Disaster Survival Skills” workshops. His enterprise also offers realistic kits and supplies for disaster preparedness. His corporation provides NIMS training, CPR & Initial Aid classes.