I was disheartened but also, relieved to hear about the findings of two new studies on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Disheartened because the premise behind countless movies, including Sandra Bullock’s “While You Were Sleeping,” could lose credibility. Relieved because, let’s face it, not all strangers look like Peter Gallagher or, for that matter, Sandra Bullock!
You may know that the American Red Cross (ARC) and the American Health Association (AHA) currently endorse administering 30 chest compressions followed by two breaths as the appropriate way to administer CPR.
But two studies just released conclude that compressions are better than or as good as using mouth-to-mouth with the compressions. Will the ARC and AHA change their recommendations? Good question. In any event, right now, any CPR is better than none.
And, if you’re a little rusty on your CPR, check with the ARC and AHA for classes. You can also see a demonstration of CPR at http://depts.washington.edu/learncpr/quickcpr.html