If you keel over at the salon, we’re gonna pound ya!

March 31, 2008

American Heart Association

New suggestions from the American Heart Association state that even if you are not trained in CPR, you should do chest compressions on someone who has collapsed.  So, don’t worry…we’ll pound on you till the paramedics arrive!

Heart group urges “hands-only” CPR in emergencies

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bystanders who see someone suddenly collapse should quickly give the person chest compressions even if they are not trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the American Heart Association said on Monday.

The association urged people not to stand idly by because they do not think they know how to administer CPR while an adult stricken with sudden cardiac arrest is dying in front of them.

In recommendations published in its journal Circulation, the group emphasized “hands-only” CPR — a simple procedure that bystanders can perform without worrying about doing the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation part of CPR.

Read the rest here.

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