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Heart association gives nod to hands-only CPR

OSHA Healthcare Connection, April 8, 2008

A change in recommended CPR procedures should make it more likely that bystanders will jump in to help in an emergency.Hands-only CPR includes calling 911 and performing rapid, deep chest presses-about 100 per minute-until paramedics take over or an automated external defibrillator can restore a normal heart rhythm.

The American Heart Association said last week that chest compressions alone for CPR—eliminating the mouth-to-mouth breathing component—can help save a heart attack victim's life, reported the Associated Press. Experts from the Heart Association hope people may be more willing to perform hands-only CPR since it is simpler and removes the barrier for those fearful of performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

 

OSHA does not require CPR training for all workplaces—only in locations where "there is no "infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace"—but recommends CPR in the workplace until emergency services arrive, according to Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program.

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