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    Easier to Learn CPR Method Could Double Survival Rates

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    The Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona has announced a new method of bystander CPR that is easier to learn and to perform than standard CPR-and could double the survival rates for out - of - hospital suddent cardiac arrest. And, you don't have to give mouth to mouth.

    Newswise - If you saw someone collapse from sudden cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? Would you feel confident performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on that person, or is it more likely that would you stand by helplessly until paramedics arrived?

    If you're like most people, you fall in the latter group. And because of your inaction, the victim's chances for survival would be significantly reduced. Research has shown that people are reluctant to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, especially on strangers. More recent research, undertaken by doctors and scientists at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, shows that stopping to give those breaths might actually do more harm than good.

    In response, the Sarver Heart Center has announced a new method of bystander CPR. The method is easier to learn and easier to perform than standard CPR -- and could double the survival rates for out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.
    The Sarver Heart Center has a joint initiative with Tucson Fire Department that is expected to have a major impact on the city's cardiac survival rates, which have hovered below 15 percent for the last 15 years.

    At the center of the initiatives with the Tucson Fire Department is a breakthrough method of cardiopulmonary resuscitation that emphasizes chest compressions and eliminates the need for mouth-to-mouth breathing. Called "continuous chest compression CPR," the method is easier to learn, remember and perform than standard CPR, which has existed for more than 40 years.

    The first initiative is a partnership with the Tucson Fire Department, which has modified its CPR procedures to emphasize chest compressions; it also has modified the instructions that 911 dispatchers will deliver over the phone. The second initiative is the "Be a Lifesaver" public education campaign, a citywide effort to teach citizens of Tucson "continuous chest compression CPR," which consists of firm compressions to the center of the chest at a rate of 100 per minute.

    Doctors and researchers at the UA Sarver Heart Center have been active in CPR research for more than 30 years and have earned an international reputation for their findings and recommendations, many of which were incorporated in the American Heart Association's 2002 CPR Guidelines.

    Gordon A. Ewy, MD, director of the Sarver Heart Center and chief of cardiology at the UA College of Medicine, is one of a handful of people in the world to have been named a "CPR Giant" by the American Heart Association. The honor recognizes his contributions in the field.

    In 2001, the Sarver Heart Center established the Sarver Heart Automated External Defibrillator Registry (SHARE), a program that helps Arizona businesses and organizations obtain automated external defibrillators and learn how to use them. AEDs deliver electric shocks to restore a normal rhythm in hearts after cardiac arrest.

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