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Cpr

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Cpr

Cpr

Cpr

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NPR's Jon Hamilton reports on a simpler method for giving people instructions about CPR during an actual heart attack. Seattle researchers studied calls to 9-1-1 and found that precious minutes could be saved by leaving off instructions about mouth-to-mouth resuscitation - long considered a vital component of CPR. Emphasis instead was placed on how to compress the chest to keep blood circulating. Other experts say the findings will be useful in situations where bystanders must be given instructions about CPR, but that more study is needed before abandoning mouth-to-mouth resuscitation altogether.