New CPR guidelines

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The American Heart Association is changing the way it does CPR.

The agency now says chest compressions should be the first step in reviving heart attack victims. CPR guidelines previously instructed people to first open a victim's airway and breathe into their mouth.

The changes are for adults and not for children.

The American Red Cross says it could be changing its training techniques, too.

The new recommendations also call for rescuers to perform chest compressions a little faster at a rate of at least 100 times a minute.

More information from the American Red Cross.

The use of CPR dates all the way back to 1740, yet even today, most Americans don't know how to perform it. Given properly and immediately to sudden cardiac arrest victims, CPR can save lives (Information from American Heart Association)

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