Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The difference between CPR and better CPR

I read this article today, " Could Better CPR Have Saved Michael Jackson?" The answer was: Possibly.

Michael Jackson's personal physician performed CPR while Jackson was on the bed. In the clip from ABC, Dr. Benjamin Abella gave a few statistics and tips that would be helpful for anyone who wants to know more about CPR.

  • Cardiac arrest claims about 300,000 lives per year.
  • Less than 10 percent of people live after having cardiac arrest
  • If CPR is started immediately, that percentage doubles or triples
  • Two hands should always be used for CPR compressions

It’s a good idea to get enrolled in a CPR class if your certification is not up to date. Abella said people have a hard time finding classes. Movies and television usually don’t make for a good example either. In an effort to make it easier, click this link: First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibulator (AED) Class Schedule.

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