New technique to make CPR easier

NEW YORK (CNN) – Many people think CPR is something difficult, and doing it wrong could have tragic results but the new way of doing CPR should alleviate those fears.

If you needed to perform CPR, would you know how? Maybe even if you do know, you might be hesitant. Well the heart rescue project by the Medtronic Foundation is trying to spread the word that CPR isn’t as complicated as it used to be.

Coming to the aid of someone who is experiencing cardiac arrest might seem daunting. But recent studies show that any type of actual hands on aid might be the difference between life and death.

“Every minute of delay to CPR and defib results in about a ten percent higher mortality so that by the end of ten minutes or so there is no longer any meaningful chance of survival,” said Dr. Christopher Granger, Professor Of Medicine, Duke University.

Now more and more states are pushing to educate the public about the critical importance of performing CPR.

“There is no longer the need to do mouth to mouth resuscitation. The important thing is to put your hands on the center of the chest push hard and fast 100 times a minute and keep doing it until the paramedics arrive,” said Dr. Christopher Granger.

Bystander CPR is easy to learn, it takes just a half hour class-or even watching a video and most importantly, it tries to take fear out the equation.

“If a person collapses and adult collapses and is unresponsive then that’s a cardiac arrest that person cannot be hurt if CPR is done incorrectly. This is very important because many people we know are concerned that if they push on someone’s chest they might hurt them,” said Dr. Christopher Granger.

The new guidelines apply to adults only. That’s because when children collapse and are unresponsive, it’s often not the heart, but rather a problem with their airway, a seizure or another problem.

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