New guidelines have been introduced for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) which make them more user-friendly. Now everyone can apply!
The new guidelines introduced by the AHA this month essentially place more emphasis on chest compressions being the most important component of the triad (Airway, Breathing, Compression). For untrained bystanders, they need no longer hesitate about giving the ‘kiss of life’; they need only concentrate on the ‘C‘ until the medics arrive. Take a look at how its done:
Again, there’s mention of that Bee Gees hit Staying Alive because the tempo of the song (103 beats per minute) is similar to the speed of the chest compressions that the bystander needs to do on the collapsed person. (I know, try humming this song when chances are you are in a state of stress). In case 70s music is not your cup of tea, try Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” although this song has a rather inappropriate title!
Just one word of warning – not all people who collapse on the street have a heart attack. There’s a lot of other causes, ranging from a simple faint to an epileptic fit to a drunk stupor. Then what? I too am waiting for the AHA to issue guidelines on this..