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Old 01-05-2010, 10:48 AM   #1
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Continuous Chest Compression CPR

To me it is a relief, being certified I always knew if I had to use it it would only be family, friends or coworkers. There is no way I will give mouth to mouth to John Q. Public. So if whomever wants to tell me I am executing this wrong, they can jump in and put their lips on a stranger's.


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Old 01-05-2010, 12:18 PM   #2
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Thanks for that post. It was extremely informative, especially for our crowd who are just about all good candidates for this method.

The 100+ beats per minute vs. 16 beats & breathe/16 & breathe makes a lot of sense. If somebody's heart is going to restart, that shouldn't interrupt the process, and if it hasn't stopped- likewise, they should wake up & perhaps request that you stop. Tough to diagnose respiratory failure (the only instance mentioned where this wouldn't be "appropriate," but if that's true this is still better than nothing while waiting on 911 response. The other non-apropos condition is drowning, which requires expulsion of fluid from the lungs and assisted breathing for recovery; pretty easy to diagnose drowning most of the time. Also easy to diagnose whether one of us is a child under 8, or just acting like a child under 8.
Really good post, thanks again.

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They do make CPR Masks/Shields that you can carry in your car or rig for emergencies. They help prevent direct contact and have a one-way air valve. They cost about $1.50 each.

It is difficult to do 16/1/16 it is really tough to do 100 for any lenth of time.

You do in fact have a better chance of reviving someone with the standard method. I would not hesitate to use the masks/shields and we have them in all of our vehicles.
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I've got mixed feelings about this "new and improved" CPR. I understand not wanting to put your mouth on a stranger, but sometimes you have to do whatever it takes to save a life. I ran rescue for 22 years and I can't begin to tell you the number of times I've had to perform CPR...both single and two man... I think everyone should take the class.
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