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CPR Not Always the Best?

by on September 20, 2009 8:04 PM, under News

I read an interesting article in Parade Magazine today. It was about CPR after someone’s heart stops.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta pointed to research that seemed to indicate that there is plenty of oxygen left in the blood and it’s much more important to do chest compressions to keep blood circulating to the brain than mouth-to-mouth to provide oxygen. This makes sense to me given that we can hold our breaths and still be OK for some time without getting more oxygen. The time you would take to do mouth-to-mouth would take away from chest compressions. And they recommend 100 compressions a minute.


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