I can never seem to remember whether it isÂ two breaths for every five chest compressions that you are supposed to give during CPR (CardioPulmonary Resuscitation) orÂ is it two breaths for every fifteen chest compressions? Maybe it’s Â five breaths for every thirty chest compressions?
Well, now there is some good news for any of us that seem to be unable to keep all those numbers straight. FORGET ABOUT THE BREATHS!
That’s right. New studies have shown that the breaths don’t matter nearly as much as those rapid, persistent chest compressions that we all have been trained to administer when we walk by that person down on the street. Cardiac echo has demonstrated that when you stop the chest compressions, even for a few seconds. the heart fills with clot, and that’s a bad omen.
Now, we just need to remember how to determine whether the person “found down” Â is in need of CPR or whether they are just needing to sleep it off. Good luck with that.