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How effective is hands-only CPR?

Learn why hands-only CPR has been amazingly successful in the hospital setting and in emergency situations. Watch this video with Debbie Licht, RN from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Every year thousands of lives are saved by family members, emergency personnel, and strangers who know how to use cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when someone's heart and breathing stops.

Thousands more people might be saved if we all know how to do the hands-only version of CPR. That's right: hands-only CPR. No more mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. In fact, that sometimes off-putting CPR technique is so frequently done incorrectly that hands-only CPR has better success. When folks know the simple hands-only CPR technique, survival rates increase.
Leigh Vinocur, MD
Emergency Medicine
This fall the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study, which corroborated older studies and found that hands-only CPR increases survival up to 34%, even better than conventional CPR. This is probably because stopping the compressions to blow into someone’s mouth momentarily stops the blood from pumping up to the brain. Therefore, it is actually better to just keep blood flowing until help arrives. The study also cited that the percentage of people willing to do hands-only CPR increased from 28% to 40%. 

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