“Staying Alive” with New Continuous Chest Compression CPR

Traditional CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) vs. Continuous Chest Compression CPR

Traditional CPR has been in use for nearly 50 years. It involves alternating 30 hard compressions on the chest, then two quick breaths into the mouth. Studies recently completed in England and Sweden tell us the new CCC method is as effective as, or even more effective than, traditional CPR.

Without taking a pulse, clearing the airway, or giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, the new CCC life-saving technique enables a bystander to perform CPR on a cardiac arrest or heart attack victim who has collapsed and is unresponsive. If the CCC technique begins immediately, someone’s chance for survival increases by 50 percent! But, for every minute continuous chest compressions are delayed, someone’s chances of surviving diminish by 10 percent (i.e. a five minute delay, the odds are only 50%).

Steps for Continuous Chest Compressions
Call or ask someone to call 911 immediately so an emergency medical team will be in route to relieve you. Place victim on back; place heel of your hand in the center between the breasts. Place other heel of your hand over it and lock fingers. Straighten arms and lock elbows. Place your shoulders directly over chest. Push down directly…like falling. Keep elbows locked and pump the chest continuously at a rate of 100 compressions per minute to the rhythm of the Bee Gees disco hit song “Staying Alive” (you are performing what the heart should do). Let the hands lift slightly off chest to allow air in and for blood to circulate back through the heart to the brain. Continue compressions until help arrives, even if the victim is gasping. If you tire, and someone else is present, let him or her take over the compressions.

Video of Continuous Chest Compression Technique
Pictures are worth a thousand words. By watching this brief video from Gordon A. Ewy, MD, and Dr. Karl Kern, MD, Cardiac Researchers at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center in Tucson, Arizona, a life-saving technique can be promptly learned:


Giving CCC is better than doing nothing
No certification is required, and since it is so easy, bystanders are more willing to assist. If someone is dying, it is better to break a rib, or bruise the chest, than to do nothing! Step up and be a lifesaver!

Studies compare both CPR methods
Mike Stobbe at the United Press in Atlanta, reported that about 310,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest suffered each year away from hospitals and emergency rooms, and only six percent survive if stricken outside a hospital. This data should improve through use of CCC. The American Heart Association has promoted the hands-only CPR method for over two years, and it now seems to be spreading across our Nation.

“Studies: Hands only CPR enough to save a life.” Mike Stobbe, Associated Press, Atlanta, Georgia. The Arizona Republic, Page A8, Health Section, July 29, 2010.

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