Friday, March 16, 2007


Skip mouth-to-mouth step of CPR for heart attack victims: study

‘The best approach to CPR for a bystander who wants to save the life of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest is to pump the chest and skip the mouth-to-mouth, a Japanese study suggests. [..]

Ken Nagao of Surugadai Nihon University Hospital in Tokyo and colleagues compared how well more than 4,000 adults fared after receiving traditional CPR, the chest-compressions only approach, or no CPR at all until paramedics arrived.

Patients who received only chest compressions had less brain damage than those who got compressions and breaths, the team reported in Saturday’s issue of the medical journal The Lancet. Not surprisingly, patients who had no CPR had the poorest outcomes.’

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