American Heart Association Adjusts Rules Governing CPR
On Monday, the American Heart Association issued new CPR guidelines based on recent research, which showed that chest compressions alone -- instead of standard CPR including mouth-to-mouth resuscitation -- are more effective at getting bystanders to help revive patients whose hearts have stopped. AHA noted that the mouth-to-mouth technique should still be used for children and patients with oxygen deprivation, such as those who nearly drowned or experienced a drug overdose.
- "American Heart Association Revises CPR Guidelines" (Sternberg, USA Today, 10/18).
- "CPR Switch: Chest Compressions First, Then Give Breaths" (Stengle, AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 10/18).