The chance of surviving a cardiac arrest outside a hospital was found to be twice as high when bystanders performed continuous chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth breathing than when bystanders performed standard CPR. These are the latest findings reported by the Resuscitation Research Group at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and the SHARE Program (Save Hearts in Arizona Research and Education) at the Arizona Department of Health Services.
According to the study, only 5 percent of cardiac arrest victims survived if nobody performed CPR. In those receiving standard CPR (alternating between 30 compressions and 2 breaths), survival was marginally higher at 6 percent. In contrast, 11 percent survived if bystanders kept pumping on their chest and did not stop for mouth-to-mouth breaths until emergency medical services arrived.
Nothing is more precious than life and the ability to breathe. The holidays are a wonderful time to be with family and friends. It is seasons such as this that allow us to step back and realize how blessed we are to have moments to share with loved ones. If you have been considering learning CPR or need to take the various certification courses for your job or profession; now is the time to learn. Start off 2016 right by embracing a new life-saving and life-changing skill.
Tracy A. Jones
Help-A-Heart CPR & First Aid
This is a must read from the New York Times.
If you have a stroke, the adds of surviving are the same whether your in Boston or Boise. However, according to the New York Times (2015) the statistics are not the same for those that experience cardiac arrest and might need CPR.
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.