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Old 16 October 2015, 11:11   #1
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New CPR guidelines for drowning victims - get those breaths in!

CPR protocols have been revised again, and this time there is recognition that drowning is different from a heart attack, making ventilation a the immediate priority not, compressions. It looks like the "rescue breath" is back!

Interesting article about it here:
Drowning is different : ventilations, ventilations, ventilations. – Nile Swimmers
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Old 16 October 2015, 13:07   #2
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That's interesting Boss, thanks for sharing. I will be renewing my STCW95 Basic First Aid in a couple of weeks - I'll report back on where that's at now.
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Could never understand why it changed as the first on the scene and not knowing the circumstances airway blocked ? best get some o2 in there then pump it round for how long it takes.
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We were the only country to never stop doing the breaths, though I did recently do a first aid course where the told everyone we didn't have to do them.

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Could never understand why it changed as the first on the scene and not knowing the circumstances airway blocked ? best get some o2 in there then pump it round for how long it takes.
Coz compressing the chest introduces some air anyway. But may not be enough where cause of arrest is hypoxia (i.e. drowning) rather than arrhythmias.
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though I did recently do a first aid course where the told everyone we didn't have to do them
Better to do compressions without breaths than do nothing. It's the breaths that freak people out.
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The UK guidelines have been like this for a while
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The UK guidelines have been like this for a while
Indeed, for drowning 5 initial breaths followed by the usual 30/2 ratio of compressions to breaths.
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Indeed, for drowning 5 initial breaths followed by the usual 30/2 ratio of compressions to breaths.
+1 The current first aid manual, feb2014 states this. I've never understood the point of compressions without breaths, IMHO it was a dumbing down exercise.
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