THE NEW CPR - TAKE A MOMENT TO LEARN THE SIMPLEST METHOD YET!
The new CPR guidelines are actually much easier to perform than any of the previous methods ever taught. If you take a moment to view either of these videos, you'll be surprised at the incredible simplification that the procedure has undergone.
If you see someone collapse unexpectedly this is usually the result of cardiac arrest... Studies conducted by the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center have shown that by doing chest compressions only, without mouth-to-mouth breathing, bystanders increase the person’s chance of survival. Follow these three steps to perform Chest-Compression-Only Resuscitation:
CHECK - CALL - COMPRESS
Check for responsiveness - Shake the person and shout, “Are you OK?”
Call - Direct someone to call 9-1-1 or make the call yourself if the person is unresponsive and struggling to breathe (gasping or snoring).
Compress - Begin forceful chest compressions at a rate of 100 per minute. (If you know the old tune by the Bee Gees "Staying Alive", this is about the same rhythm to follow for compressions.) Position the victim back down on the floor. Place the heel of one hand on top of the other and place the heel of the bottom hand on the center of the victim’s chest. Lock your elbows and compress the chest forcefully; make sure you lift up enough to let the chest recoil.
If an AED (automated external defibrillator) is available, turn the unit on and follow the voice instructions. If no AED is available, perform chest compressions continuously until the paramedics arrive. This is physically tiring so if someone else is available, take turns after each 100 chest compressions. It doesn't take long to learn how to use an AED, as they come with easy diagrams and electronic voice instructions.