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CPR Innovation

Posted by medliorator on September 10, 2007

A CPR alternative, called “only rhythmic abdominal compression” or OAC-CPR, works by pushing on the abdomen instead of the chest. Unlike conventional CPR, it elliminates the risks of breaking the ribs and transferring infection with mouth-to-mouth breathing.

A biomedical engineer at Purdue University has developed a new method to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation that promises to be more effective than standard CPR because it increases nourishing blood flow through the heart by 25 percent over the current method.

OAC-CPR eliminates the need to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

OAC-CPR requires only one rescuer.

conventional CPR has a success rate of 5 percent to 10 percent, depending on how fast rescuers are able to respond and how well the procedure is performed. In standard chest-compression CPR… the rescuer pushes on the chest and blows into the subject’s mouth twice for every 30 chest compressions… Many doctors and nurses often refuse to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. In one 1993 study of 433 doctors and 152 nurses, 45 percent of doctors and 80 percent of nurses said they would refuse to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a stranger.

Findings will be detailed in a research paper appearing this month in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine

New CPR promises better results by compressing abdomen, not chest [Purdue University News]

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