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Why have the CPR guidelines changed?

Learn about the many years of research that led to the development of hands-only CPR. Watch this video with Debbie Licht, RN from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.
In part, the change in the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines reflects a concern that most victims of cardiac arrest fail to receive any CPR from bystanders in the critical minutes after their heart stops. “A lot of people don’t want to do mouth-to-mouth, either because they fear catching a disease or simply because they are squeamish,” says Mark Morocco, M.D., associate residency director for Emergency Medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “Even among those who do try it, there is a tendency to become frustrated and give up. These new guidelines simplify the process and get straight to the compressions before valuable time is wasted.”

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