This week the American Heart Association released new guidelines for a first aid technique it calls 'hands-only CPR.' Rather than the multiple steps involved in traditional CPR, which includes mouth-to-mouth breathing, the 'hands only' CPR method distills CPR down to just two steps. First, call 911 or send someone to call 911. Second, begin providing high-quality chest compressions by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest with minimal interruptions. The group recommends the technique for use on adults who suddenly collapse -- infants, children, people found unconscious and not breathing normally, and drowning victims should still get traditional CPR.
In this segment, Ira talks with a representative of the American Heart Association about the change in CPR methods, and why the organization is suggesting the change in procedure.
Produced by Annette Heist, Senior Producer