I recently went to re-certify my CPR training, and I remembered reading about a new CPR being done in Arizona. Sure enough I found in March the American Medical Association published an article relating to it, and CNN reported on it. I thought it interesting enough to warrant a post.
Basically, in Arizona they found that survival rates tripled when rescuers abandoned rescue breathing. The new process for them is 200 compressions, shock, then repeat. This is great news.
The average person is not going to have a defibrillator, but they can do something. The AMA publication recommends that anyone who comes across a victim at least do compressions. The American Heart Association has acknowledged the research and recommend just compressions be done by untrained persons. They still train people with conventional CPR methods. I went through my re-certification with the Red Cross. They have not yet implemented this new method, saying that it still needs further research, though they say doing anything is often better than doing nothing. I’m not aware of any national organization that has adopted the new technique in their training.
The great news is that now anyone can help. Even if you’re worried because you don’t know what to do (like the actors on LOST) you can call 911 and then do chest compressions till someone better trained comes along.
One of the main reasons that I got into health care is because I hate feeling unable to help. Later this year I plan to begin EMT training. In chiropractic school we receive advanced first aid training, but it’s nothing compared with what paramedics go through. I may never have to use the training, but I want to know that I can if I need to.