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Cpr compression ratio -current..?

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Asked at 2011.04.21 21:12:23
what is the current approved ratio to breaths and chest compressions for an adult to resussitate 10-2 15-3?
answer atstdriver  Answered at 2011.04.21 21:12:23
For trained medical personnel (i.e. EMTs/other first responders or hospital staff) he current AHA guidelines call for a ratio of 30:2 (30 compressions and 2 breaths) for single rescuer CPR. For non-trained individuals, they actually call for compression-only CPR (no breaths at all). In the absence of breaths, as long as the airway is open, some air exchange still occurs through diffusion and as a result of the chest compressions, and several studies have shown that compression-only CPR has equal or even better results than CPR with breaths. Circulating the blood is the most important requirement; you can fill the lungs with all the oxygen you want, but it will do no good if the blood isn't circulating to carry it where it is needed; improperly done rescue breaths don't help anyone, and they just reduce the amount of time when compressions are being done.
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