Bystander CPR

“Doctors have traditionally recommended mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing in addition to chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but recent studies suggest that doesn’t help most patients.”

“People used to be told to give two breaths for every 15 chest compressions. That formula changed in 2005 to two breaths for every 30 compressions.”

Today, we are now told to only do chest compressions, and forget about the breathes. Most people do not know this, but applying a constant chest compression gives the patient a slight advantage of surviving.

“But animal research has suggested that chest compressions alone may be just as good, perhaps because rescuers continue pumping the victim’s heart rather than stopping to give mouth-to-mouth breaths.”

Long story short

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Start chest compressions