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Hands Only CPR: A New Way to Save a Life

Jan 10, 2011 08:54PM ● By Anonymous

According to the CDC, heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack (cardiac arrest) is the number one killer in America. Many lives have been saved by lay person CPR, but now some researchers are saying even more lives could be saved with Cardiocerebral Resuscitation (CCR), or Compression-Only CPR. The American Heart Association still recommends taking a CPR course, but says that if you are not trained in CPR to follow two steps: 1) call 911 and 2) push hard and fast in the center of the victim’s chest until emergency medical responders arrive.

CCR, created at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, protects the heart and the brain by increasing blood flow to these organs, and eliminates the risk of over-ventilation. It’s important to note that conventional CPR is still required for all babies and children with cardiac arrest or those adults who nearly drown.

Performing CPR to save a life can be scary, no matter your level of training, so it makes sense that CCR may save more lives because it is easier to perform than CPR. CCR is said to reduce initiation time and results in fewer interruptions and more compressions.

Anyone Can Do It, Hands Down.

Click here for an in-depth video on how to successfully perform Cardiocerebral Resuscitation.

Click here to go to an American Heart Association website, for more info and links to the iPhone “Hands only” App!