New guidelines for CPR

Quick action is always needed when someone has a heart attack, but now the American Heart Association is releasing new guidelines on how to perform CPR.

The American Heart Association is now saying that chest compression, not mouth-to-mouth should be the first step in helping victims of a heart attack and cardiac arrest.  

For more than 40 years, those who were trained in CPR were told to open the victims' airways by tilting his or her head back, pinching the nose and breathing into the victim's mouths, and only then giving chest compression.

But now, the American Heart Association says that approach causes significant delays in getting oxygen rich blood circulating through the body. The association says beginning CPR with chest compression does this much quicker.

In previous guidelines, the Heart Association also recommended looking, listening and feeling for normal breathing before starting CPR. Now, they stress compression should be started immediately on anyone who is unresponsive.  

The new guidelines also indicate that chest compression should be given a little faster: at a rate of 100 compressions a minute, and those administering CPR should push deeper on the chest.

These new guidelines should be used on all adults, children and infants, with the exception of newborns.

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