Since it was introduced in 1960, CPR has been an important part of emergency medicine. But recent studies suggest the number of lives saved by CPR isn't as many as you may think.
When it was first introduced CPR combined mouth-to-mouth breathing with chest compressions to keep blood, and oxygen circulating throughout your body. That's until further measures can be taken to restart your heart.
In 2008, the American heart association began teaching "hands-only" CPR which is suppose to eliminate the "yuck factor" associated with putting your mouth on an unconscious victim. Studies show that this modified procedure has been as effective as the original. But according to this new study, despite the advancement of this life saving act, the overall effectiveness of CPR remains very low.
However, paramedics at the Marion county rescue squad have a very different opinion.
"That's not true, CPR really can help, it really can be effective. Especially if you get to the person quickly. We see better and better
success rates because the techniques are now science based." Courtney Shaver, Supervisor and Paramedic at the Marion County Rescue Squad.
Officials at the Marion county rescue squad also told me that when they teach CPR they are continuing to put a lot of emphasis on doing chest compressions. as well as rescue breathing techniques to save lives.