Cardiology Expert On CPR

Medical_18063Two new studies support previous findings that mouth-to-mouth breathing when administering CPR shouldn’t be used in many cases.  The studies say that using just chest compressions alone saves more lives when CPR is administered by bystanders. Many bystanders are not adequately trained to perform mouth-to-mouth or may feel uncomfortable administering it.  Myron “Mike” Weisfeldt, cardiology expert and physician in chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has written an editorial in support of the studies, which will be published in the New England Journal of Medicine online July 29.

The two studies were conducted on more than 3,000 men and women who needed CPR from 2004 to 2009. The survival rates were similar for people who received CPR with just chest compressions as those who also had mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing. Random bystanders were instructed by 911 dispatchers on which method to use on the victims.

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