A recent update that came out over at medical news today.com talking about 2 new studies released looking at the effectiveness of compression only bystander CPR. I get a lot of questions from listeners over time just checking out what’s the next update for CPR going to look like. What are we seeing, I heard we’re going to be doing compression only CPR and no ventilations. I got to be honest with you. I don’t see that happening, I’ve looked at the research. Bystander CPR, initial CPR for a patient who’s just collapsed is probably gonna be compression only and I stand into the health care arena. But overall, we still need to manage patient airways. We still need to appropriately ventilate patients and by appropriately, I mean not over ventilate them but we do need to get oxygen into their lungs so that it can be transferred to the rest of their body via the blood stream and our compressions are what are doing that. So we need to have some kind of a balance. health care, again i think is not gonna change hugely. We might have a larger compression to ventilation ratio, we may have increased scrutiny on over ventilation and understanding of what that does to our patients and negative outcomes but ultimately, this is really only talking about bystander compression only CPR.
This is again just informational for you all so that you have the best and correct information to share with your colleagues and with the public at large. the idea being that people will be more likely to do just compressions on a cardiac arrest patient. We need to get some form of CPR on these patients and it seems that there’s no significant difference when bystander CPR is performed with only compressions when compared with standard CPR using compressions and ventilations and that’s what these 2 studies have found out. These are international studies both in the US and around the world that have looked at this and it seems that there’s not a significant difference in outcomes related to only having compressions performed by the initial bystanders at cardiac arrest prior to the arrival of health care professionals. So, you should understand that. The new guidelines are going to be coming out here sometime the end of this year and we should have an idea on where things are heading for the American heart Association and understanding how we can improve our cardiac arrest survival rates.
This article has been featured in the news segment of the MedicCast episode Mutual Aid TV Interview Episode 231