Hands-Only CPR: Encouraging Bystanders To Act

Hands-Only CPR offers the common layperson an easy, less averse procedure that can save a life.

Most bystanders are afraid to intervene if someone collapses, either for fear of doing more harm than good, or because they’re just plain freaked out. The American Heart Association  has released a procedure that they feel most will be comfortable with. Hands-Only CPR offers the common layperson an easy, less averse procedure that can save a life.

Based on studies done by the AHA, the most important treatment for cardiac arrest is uninterrupted chest compressions. In the immediate aftermath of a cardiac arrest, the blood & lungs contain enough oxygen to survive for a few minutes. For this reason, uninterrupted chest compressions take precedence. Bystanders who may be adverse to giving breaths might now be more willing to take immediate action.

Hands-Only CPR is intended for people above the age of 8 who suddenly collapse for no apparent reason. Even if cardiac arrest is not the cause of the victim’s collapse, the AHA maintains that Hands-Only CPR can only do more good than harm. This is because risk of serious injury through chest compressions is minimal, while the survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is near zero unless correct action is taken. CPR with mouth-to-mouth breaths should be given to victims who are found unconscious & not breathing normally, victims of drowning, victims of drug overdose & people who collapse due to breathing problems.

The AHA still recommends taking a course in CPR. The hope, however, is that there will be more people responding if an adult collapses, thereby increasing the chances of survival.

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