November 28, 2005
The American Heart Association has issued new CPR changes that could buy extra time for heart attack victims.
They're now recommending that for every two breaths, there should be 30 chest compressions as opposed to the old 15. Studies show the additional compressions create more blood flow and allow patients to live a little longer before rescue help arrives.
"[The] new books, video format and everything that comes out will have that [procedure included]. And we should be ready to teach that, according to schedule, by Spring of 2006," said Hamp Hall of the American Red Cross.
The local Red Cross plans to begin teaching the new method in the spring. It's estimated that about 300,000 Americans die of Cardiac Arrest each year, 95 percent of them never even make it to the hospital.