Today I'm going to talk about Hands Only CPR and why it's important. Now, if you are like me, you probably learned CPR on an old Annie mannikin. We've seen the numbers change more than a Las Vegas roulette table. 5:1,15:1, 30:2. So, what's the deal with Hands Only.
So, here's the scoop. Every 5 years, the American Heart publishes their research on what is effective vs. not effective. Basically, how are we killing people and how can we kill less people. And what we have come to find out: Chest Compressions are King.
During cardiac arrest (no heartbeat), the issue isn't so much oxygenation as it is circulation. If you were to compare this to a overheating car: It's not that the car is out of antifreeze, its that the water pump is broke. Solution: Chest Compressions.
By doing chest compressions, we are able to take the oxygen that is in their body (they did just take a breathe before collapse) and circulate it. This is huge!!! By keeping their circulation system going, we are able to keep them alive long enough to get a defibrillator. And the defibrillator is ultimately the tool need to regain a heat beat.
So, how to do compressions:
1. Locate the sternum. Its the large breast bone that sits in between the breast. The same bone your brother used to give you nuggies on.
2. Use your palm. Push straight down with straight arms. Keeping your arms locked makes you power come from your hips as opposed to your arms. You won't fatigue as fast.
3. Pump steady and fast. But not too fast, otherwise the heart won't be able to refill with blood everytime. Think of a turkey baster. You need to allow fluid to come back into the baster every time. The rate is 100 compressions per minute. Or the beat of "Staying Alive" from the Beegees. Although, I don't recommend singing it during compressions.
4. Keep pumping until you're tired or he gets up and tells you to stop. If you're tired, ask someone to switch.
Obviously, this post isn't going to replace hands on training. You should be able to find a class in your neighborhood for about $35. Spend it folks. If you ever need this stuff, you don't want to be saying, "Gee, good thing I read that blog". You want to be saying, "Gee, good thing I took this class". Because lets face it, in 2 days, you won't remember a thing you just read, but you'll still remember a class 2 years from now.