Originally posted by cawsand
The manual also instructs that we check for circulation in a resus casualty only by looking for signs of breathing, coughing, choking and movement. No touch of the cheek or look at the casualty colour. (and certailny no check of the pulse)
This manual is wrong to say this. Absent respirations can be a late sign of cardiac arrest (believe me, I've seen it.) The only way to assess cardiac output is to feel for a pulse (rate, rythym. strength) although colour will give some guide but not always so. (carbon monoxide poisoning makes you look very healthy, even in death.)
Average survival rate from CPR is in the low percents.(1-3) Pros with all their kit and drug therapy manage about 19 percent. The problem with CPR is that even if its done well, the output is only 30 percent of a normal heartbeat. Also, if a cardiac arrest victim, needs defibrillating, it doesn't help to be in a wet environment cos' everybody standing around watching gets whacked as well which p*sses them off somewhat.
Face masks for resus can be bought from S.P Services in Telford. If theres enough interest, Ill get a batch.