By NurseBarb on September 27, 2011
When someone collapses many people are understandably reluctant to jump in and start CPR because of concerns of doing the chest compressions while also providing the breaths at the right rates. In 2008, the American Heart Association recommended that in an emergency, people could just do the chest compressions and skip the breathing, unless of course they were comfortable with traditional CPR.
Here's the important aspect, the number of compressions per minute: 100. That's a lot and it's difficult to do, but once you get into the rhythm, it's easier than interrupting and moving from breaths to compressions. What's best, 2 people who are coordinated. If you're ever in this circumstance, and let's hope you never are, please remember Chest Compressions only, and 100/minute. Of course, if you have the time to take a CPR class, you'll learn a lot and you could save someone's life.
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