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New CPR Rules: Press The Chest but No Kissing

Updated on February 2, 2012
By Zen on Flickr
By Zen on Flickr

Most of us adults grew up learning how to perform CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. We were taught by books, teachers, or even special visitors who came into our classrooms carting life size dummies to practice on. Now, for the first time since CPR was introduced in 1960, the American Heart Association is changing the rules.

The way we learned was to tilt the jaw back, feel around inside the mouth to clear any obstructions, place your mouth over the victims, exhale two short breaths into the victim, then commence pressing down on the victim's chest 30 times. The problem was people were too uncomfortable or too unsure that they would do it right, so more often than not nobody did anything. Furthermore, in recent years, multiple studies showed time and time again that victims receiving chest compressions alone survived just as often as those getting the full, lip-lock, traditional CPR.


Where to Learn CPR

By eliminating the “kissing factor,” you remove the social barrier, and by making CPR simpler, people feel more confident about knowing what to do. But there's a medical reason as well: Getting the heart pumping faster gets oxygen to the heart and brain faster, which is critical, so more people survive. Usually the victim has air in their lungs from their last breath anyway, so you're only delaying air by about 20 seconds.

They've produced an hilarious public service announcement in the U.K showing how to perform CPR to the BeeGee's tune, “Stayin Alive.” (below). There's also a website where you can practice on your choice of hot bodies (3 men and 3 women) at Hands Only CPR.

It should be noted with drowning victims however, you need to get air into them first. That being said, it's recommended that if nothing else, stick with the chest compressions. Press the chest. And remember. No kissing.


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    • lyns profile image

      lyns 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing very interesting about CPR.

      I hope you have a great day. lyns 7/1/2014

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Hi Christoph, you new fan here. Very informative. Thank you for writing this.

      Thumb up, UAI and will share.

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      Adamski 5 years ago

      things are always changing i think we need to come up with one thing. So what has been changed for drowning? I think the most important thing is to save lives.

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      trish1048 5 years ago

      Hi Cristoph!

      Good to see you as well :) Hope all is well.

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      Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis

      Hi Trish, Nice to see you!

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      trish1048 5 years ago

      Hi Christoph,

      I'm ashamed to admit that I do not know how to perform this life saving procedure. It's something I need to move up on my list of priorities. I would certainly hope that God forbid, if I should ever find myself needing help, that someone knows how to perform this life saving procedure.

      Thanks for opening this topic up, as it can use all the attention it can get :)

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      Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis

      Thanks, Meow.

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      meow48 5 years ago from usa

      wow. loved this, and the video was priceless. really....

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      Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis

      Well, unless you want to. It's not like they can complain about it.

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      bingskee 5 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      i think have to learn to do CPR without the 'kiss' :-D

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      hawkdad73 5 years ago from Riverside, Iowa

      Awesome. When I think of life saving techniques, I think of Vinnie Jones.

      As usual, words of wisdom.

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      Tony Lawrence 5 years ago from SE MA

      I just took a CPR class. They still teach both, but point out that without protective equipment, most of us definitely would not do the breathing part and as the compression is very nearly as effective by itself, I'm sure most of us just ignored that part as I did.

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      Very good.