Sunday, March 18, 2007

The kiss kills

A new study on cardiopulmonary resuscitation says that patients who receive mouth-to-mouth breathing during CPR are twice as likely to die than those who receive only chest compressions.

Although the new study is not conclusive enough for CPR instructions to be changed, the study provides new insight on improving the rescue procedures.

Here's a story from Australia's Herald Sun about this new study.
New theory a lifesaver

The current CPR guidelines in Australia require providing two breaths followed by 30 compressions every 15 seconds. In the Philippines, the old guidelines of giving a ratio of two breaths for each 15 compressions is still being taught in schools.

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