New guidelines are changing the way CPR has traditionally been done. Greater emphasis is being placed on chest compressions as the first step if someone is experiencing cardiac arrest. This step is more vital than doing airway breathing, as it keeps blood circulating. It is also something a passerby can do until medical help arrives, if they are uncomfortable doing rescue breaths on a stranger.
Putting one hand on top of the other, with pushes on the chest of at least 2 inches for adults, are part of the guidelines. At the rate of at least 100 compressions a minute – some say a good tip is the beat of the old disco song “Stayin’ Alive”.
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