Since CPR was first invented in 1960, it hasn’t changed very much. But in the last few years, there have been a few advancements in CPR and first aid training methodology; making CPR easier and more effective.
When CPR was first created, it required you to check the victim’s pulse, give mouth-to-mouth breaths alternated with chest compressions. After two short breaths you performed two quick chest compressions and then went back to breaths. For some people, this method was a little off-putting and some people were simply afraid to do it wrong and cause further injury to the victim.
Today’s CPR methodology is known as Continuous Chest Compression CPR. It’s a simpler and easier method that eliminates the mouth to mouth breathing. In this new method, chest compressions begin immediately and continue until medical personnel arrive on the scene. The recommended number of compressions is a quick 100 compressions per minute. So far, this method seems to be creating slightly better outcome rates than the old method. According to a new study by the University of Michigan Health System, chest compressions before defibrillation in sudden cardiac arrest victims is equally successful as immediate treatment with an electrical defibrillator.
Regardless of the methodology, you have to learn how to do CPR before you can save a life so enroll in a CPR and first aid certification course today.