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Check the victim
for unresponsiveness. If there is no
response, Call 911 and
return to the victim. In most locations the emergency dispatcher can
you with CPR instructions.
the victim is still not breathing normally,
moving, begin chest compressions. Push down on the
center of the chest 1 1/2 to 2 inches and keep doing it.
Pump at the rate of 100/minute, faster than once per
CONTINUE UNTIL HELP ARRIVES
American Heart Association
Q: Why is the American
Heart Association changing its
A: Studies show that bystanders
are reluctant to attempt
conventional CPR, which involves
chest compression and mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation. New research shows
that chest compression alone works
just as well as traditional CPR. The
thinking is, more people will try
CPR if they don't need to include
Q: What is Hands Only
A: Hands Only CPR can be defined
as chest compressions done with out
mouth to mouth resuscitation.
Q: Does this apply to all
A: No. The new guidelines apply
only to adult victims shortly after
they collapse and have no pulse.
They do not apply to children or
Q: Why not drowning
A: Chest compression alone works
only if there is oxygenated blood
left in the body, but drowning
victims have already consumed most
of the oxygen in their bloodstreams.
They need the air provided by
Q: Why not children?
A: Cardiac arrest in children is
rare. Most children whose hearts
have stopped are suffering from
respiratory arrest, from choking or
conditions such as asthma. Like a
drowning victim, they don't have
oxygen in their bloodstreams.
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