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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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Bystander CPR Initiative Saves Lives

Campaigns encouraging ordinary citizens to learn and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event of an emergency can make a difference. Less than 10 years after Denmark began taking steps to increase the number of bystanders stepping in to perform this lifesaving procedure, the percentage of cardiac arrest cases in which a bystander performed CPR had more than doubled and cardiac arrest victims' chances of survival had tripled. The initiative in Denmark included making CPR training mandatory for elementary school students and driver's license recipients, distributing training kits, offering over-the-phone guidance to bystanders, and placing defibrillators in public places. More...
RuthP
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 2:54:06 PM

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Ah, but the CPR poster is outdated. The current recommendation for bystander CPR is for compression-only CPR.
early_apex
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 3:28:04 PM
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That makes it simpler, doesn't it? It seems that taking some action, any action to help revive someone in cardiac arrest is statistically better than doing nothing or waiting for the EMT's. If bystanders are assured that they will be held harmless from lawsuits, most people would be willing to help out a fellow human being. (At least I hope that's the case.)
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