Compression Becomes First Step in CPR
According to an article printed in the Daytona Beach News Journal, the American Heart Association has articulated an new guideline for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. Instead of the normal procedure where the airways of a victim are opened first, the new technique has been rearranged, putting chest compressions first, unlocking the airway second and administering breaths third.
American Heart Association officials claim that the rearrangement is a result of new scientific findings that show chest compressions as the essential step for keeping oxygen-rich blood circulating through the body.
Because of the change, the association feels that it will now be “much easier for anyone to save a life using CPR.” Instead of having to unlock a victim’s airways and provide them breathes, an individual can now go straight into chest compressions, something that is easier and lest intrusive.
To view and learn the new CPR steps, watch this training video provided by the American Heart Association.
Source: The Daytona Beach News Journal: Compression becomes 1st step in CPR. Anne Geggis, October 19, 2010.