JOPLIN, MO -- C.P.R. can mean the difference between life and death when professional help is still minutes away. But a recent study shows some people are reluctant to use it on a stranger.
Freeman Screen Team Community Education Coordinator Fran Cloyd said, "When we do CPR, we are providing the blood flow to the heart and to the brain until help can get there."
And since 80% of sudden cardiac events happen in the home, performing CPR could save the life of a loved one. But that response isn't always the same when the patient is a stranger. Added Cloyd: "For fear that they might get something, get a germ or get some, an illness that someone may have by giving breaths. Also they may be afraid they're not doing it right, they're not doing it correctly. Maybe they're unsure of how to do it."
So now the experts say in many cases it can be just as effective to skip the mouth to mouth and stick with chest compressions. Cloyd said, "The American Heart Association recommends the hands only CPR for a teen or an adult if you have a witnessed arrest or if you see them go unconscious. Then you just call 911 or you have someone else call 911 then you start compressions. Just put your hands on the center of their chest and just push hard and fast."