Compressions Only CPR

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Hands-Only CPR: A Simplified Approach to Saving Lives

Hands-only CPR offers a simpler alternative to traditional CPR, encouraging bystanders to assist in emergency situations without hesitation. By eliminating rescue breaths, hands-only CPR focuses on circulating blood and oxygenating vital organs.

The Benefits of Hands-Only CPR

  • Increased bystander involvement: Research shows that reluctance to perform rescue breaths can prevent people from providing CPR. Hands-only CPR eliminates this concern.
  • Effective circulation: By delivering 5 to 6 cm deep compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute, hands-only CPR helps oxygenate the body's tissues and organs without rescue breaths.
  • Reduced disease transmission risk: Hands-only CPR removes the mouth-to-mouth component, minimizing the fear of transmitting diseases.

Guidelines for Hands-Only CPR

While performing hands-only CPR, it's still advised to:

  1. Rotate with a second rescuer every two minutes to maintain effective compressions.
  2. Continue hands-only CPR until an AED or emergency medical services (EMS) arrive.

Hands-only CPR offers a simplified approach that empowers bystanders to save lives in emergency situations.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit four LO3.1, 3.2 & 3.3
  • IPOSi Unit two LO1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2 & 2.3