To Tom Watson
I have always been taught that the two (2) prerequisits for the administering of CPR were that the victum should:
1. Not be Breathing
2. Not have a pulse (which indicates that the heart is not pumping)
A victum may not be breathing but still have a pulse. And, if you begin chest compressions for CPR you can potentially do serious damage to the victums heart. As far as I know this is still true ? Can you verify this & get back to me.
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Posted by: old_user on Apr-18-07 3:47 PM (EST)
For all victims other than infants, the AHA recommends "No rescue breathing without compressions."
Seems ill-conceived to me.|
Posted by: Reefmonkey on Apr-26-07 11:27 AM (EST)
I was always taught that giving someone with a normal rhythym can send them into arrhythmia. Now AHA says that you shouldn't even check for a pulse, and should perform chest compressions even if there might be a pulse. Their reasoning behind it seems to have nothing to do with the well-being on the patient:
Posted by: old_user on Jan-26-08 4:22 PM (EST)
Hi, sorry but never looked at the response links before, didn't realize they were there or would have responded sooner.
Posted by: old_user on Jan-26-08 4:19 PM (EST)
First of all, I never knew these response links were here so never looked....If you have a pulse but aren't breathing, then I would think you have to start CPR..you don't check for pulse in basic CPR, only if not breathing...check the list..does it say "feel for pulse"? I don't think it does. I am NOT the expert., maybe one of those links cited in the story will help out. TOM