By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of the Academy
When someone has a cardiac arrest every second counts. However, many bystanders are afraid to perform CPR because it involves mouth to mouth breathing or they’re afraid to hurt the victim. Because of this there’s been a movement toward chest compression only without the breathing part. The question is…does it work? According to a new report in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association, chest compressions alone can save lives and more people are doing it. With the help of a public health campaign, researchers in Arizona were able to show that the overall rates of bystanders doing CPR went up over a five year period from 28% to 40% and more of them were doing compression only CPR.