Every year more than 300,000 adults die from cardiac arrest. Monday, new guidelines from the American Heart Association are making it easier for bystanders to save some of those lives.
The new recommendations eliminate mouth-to-mouth breaths from bystander CPR and focus, instead, on the chest compressions. Experts say that bystanders should call 9-1-1, then should push hard and fast on the center of the chest and not stop until help arrives. The theory is that hands-only CPR is better than standing back- fearful of mouth-to-mouth with a stranger.
The hands-only bystander CPR is only for adults and is not intended for drowning, which would call for traditional CPR.