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Compression-only CPR improves survival with good brain function

by Allyson P. on Thursday, December 13, 2012

More proof for training people in Hands Only CPR can save lives!

Chest compression-only CPR performed by bystanders — without rescue breathing — keeps more people alive with good brain function after having sudden cardiac arrest, according to a Japanese study reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.  The study reports that the combination of early defibrillation with public-access AEDs and compression-only CPR provided by bystanders in witnessed cardiac arrest can provide neurologically favorable survival rates of over 40 percent.
 
“Across the United States, too many people are dying from sudden cardiac arrest because family members and friends of the victim are unsure how to help. This study confirms that Hands-Only CPR is highly effective. Plus it’s easy to do,” said Michael Sayre, M.D., national spokesperson for the American Heart Association and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington. The American Heart Association recommends that bystanders do Hands-Only CPR – pushing hard and fast in the center of a victim’s chest – if they see an adult suddenly collapse.
 
Do you know CPR? Would you be able to save a life of someone you know if they suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Learn more about the Hands-Only™ CPR   campaign by clicking here http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/HandsOnlyCPR/Hands-Only-CPR_UCM_440559_SubHomePage.jsp

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