Hands-Only CPR – American Heart Association
Studies on Hands-Only CPR Published in New England Journal of Medicine
Two studies published July 28, 2010, in the New England Journal of Medicine, concluded that Compressions-Only (Hands-Only) CPR is as effective as Conventional CPR, when performed by bystanders. The studies also spotlighted the importance of dispatcher assisted CPR for bystanders.
Since 2008, the AHA has recommended Hands-Only CPR for bystanders who witness an adult suddenly collapse. For more information on Hands-Only CPR, visit www.handsonlycpr.org.
Cited from American Heart Association website on October 21st, 2013.
Note: When performing CPR in the public, as a healthcare provider, I would personally recommend providing compressions-only CPR when you do not have a mask or approved breathing device. This advice is due to extensive experience providing CPR as an EMT-Firefighter and the incidences of vomiting I have experienced. It is a risk to provide CPR without a proper barrier device and should be seriously considered. Providing mouth to mouth ventilations for a close family member will likely be safer since their medical history is often known.
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