Hands-Only CPR Avoids Need for Mouth-to-Mouth

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Dr. Gordon Ewy, a longtime advocate of compression-only CPR, talks about the change in guidelines:

The hands-only first aid technique involves pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest to provide high-quality chest compressions. The American Heart Association found that hands-only CPR is an effective life-saving option for individuals who aren't trained in mouth-to-mouth CPR.

The group recommends the technique for use on adults who suddenly collapse — infants, children, people found unconscious and not breathing normally, and drowning victims should still get traditional CPR.

Mary Fran Hazinski, senior science editor at the American Heart Association explains the details of hands-only CPR.



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