Recent Studies Point to Effectiveness of Compression-Only CPR

Followers of this blog will note a subtle yet significant shift in the administering of CPR, away from mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and more towards a hands-only technique.


This is because, like other medical procedures, opinions on CPR effectiveness continue to evolve, as noted in a recent Newsweek article.


The science doesn’t lie.  A study out of Sweden, for example, found no discernible difference in survival rate of those administered chest compressions versus a combination of compression and assisted breathing.


Furthermore, a study out of the University of Washington found that when CPR must be administered by a layperson, the chest compression-only approach works best.  In fact, according to some surveys, close to 80 percent of lay people will try compression-only CPR if instructed, say, over the phone by a medical professional.


All of this data underscores the criticality of exploring on-site CPR training, especially in the compression-only technique.  It is easy and it works.

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I spent 15 years as a firefighter and paramedic...

And too often I would arrive on the scene of someone unconscious, surrounded by a circle of people feeling helpless. Sometimes those people would even have CPR training but lacked the confidence and experience to act.

That’s why I started SureFire CPR. Our classes are practical and engaging – teaching you the crucial skills you need to know what to do and feel empowered to take action.

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