The American Heart Association changed its guidelines for CPR chest presses in two
thousand five. It said people should increase the number of chest presses from fifteen
to thirty for every two breaths given.
Gordon Ewy is a heart doctor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson.
He wrote a report that appeared with the study. Doctor Ewy thinks the CPR guidelines
should be changed again. He said the heart association should remove rescue breaths
from the guidelines.
He argues that more witnesses to cardiac arrests would provide treatment if rescue
breaths are not a part of CPR. He says this would save lives. Studies show that many
people do not want to perform mouth-to-mouth breathing on a stranger for fear of
getting a disease.
Cardiac arrest kills more than three hundred thousand people in the United States
every year. The American Heart Association says about ninety-five percent of victims
die before they get to a medical center.
And that's the VOA Special English Health Report, written by Caty Weaver. I’m Bob Doughty.