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The use of visual and audible prompts and automatic ventilations as a means of improving layperson CPR performance


There has been much debate over the concept of compression only CPR (CCPR) for out of hospital (OOH) cardiac arrest. CCPR is simple, easier to teach and more laypersons may be willing to undertake CCPR than the current compression/ventilation CPR (CVCPR). It has been often stated that the risk of cross infection from mouth-to-mouth (MTM) ventilation is the primary reason for lay persons not being willing to do CPR. However, in a 2006 study by Swor et al¹, fear of doing harm was the primary reason given with only 1% stating that MTM ventilation was their concern.

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