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Compression-only CPR means more Canadians can save lives

Oct 19, 2010   //   by Bettina Weber   //   News & Reference  //  No Comments

Compression-only CPR offers simple approach for untrained members of public that witness an adult suddenly collapse
October 18, 2010 (Ottawa) – The Canadian Red Cross supports the use of compression-only Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as an acceptable alternative to full CPR with rescue breaths. Compression-only CPR is sometimes the preferred method for members of the public who witness an adult suddenly collapse and are unable to perform full CPR.

Compression-only CPR uses chest compressions to pump the heart, circulating oxygen already in the person’s body. This makes compression-only CPR suitable when:

  • An adult suddenly collapses.
  • A responder is unwilling, unable, untrained or unsure how to perform full CPR (cycles of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths).
  • A bystander does not have a breathing barrier and does not want to perform unprotected rescue breaths.

Compression-only CPR should not be used when the oxygen in the victim’s body has likely been used up, such as with a drowning victim or when a respiratory emergency may have caused the cardiac arrest. Performing CPR on an infant or child requires rescue breaths. When an infant or child’s heart stops, it’s usually because of a respiratory emergency, such as choking or asthma, which uses up their body’s oxygen.

The most important thing for Canadians to know right now is that the CPR they’ve been trained to perform is still right. All Canadian Red Cross CPR courses will continue to teach full CPR. Performing full CPR in conjunction with an automated external defibrillator (AED) immediately following cardiac arrest can double a person’s chance of survival.

Canadians are most likely to perform CPR on someone they know. Seventy per cent of cardiac arrests happen at home, yet only one in seven people knows how to perform CPR.

The Canadian Red Cross CPR courses cover the skills needed at home and in the workplace to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies and choking, and also include training on the use of AEDs. Find a course near you or contact us.
National News Release – originally posted on the Red Cross site.



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