To mouth-to-mouth or to not mouth-to-mouth? That is the question. . .

Hopefully, you know I am referring to cardiopumonary resuscitation (CPR).   I have kept a mask to use for CPR in my car since medical school for exactly this task. There has been interest in whether CPR using chest compressions alone is comparable to outcomes of compressions plus rescue breathing.  Here is the newest answer. . .

There was a study published in New England Journal of Medicine with 1,941 patients which showed that there was no difference in survival to hospital discharge in those given rescue breaths in addition to compressions.  There was also no significant difference in having a “favorable neurologic status” (good brain functioning) with the addition of rescue breathing.   And, to go further, there was a better outcome in those receiving only chest compressions in those patients who had a cardiac cause of their cardiac arrest (instead of  choking or aneurysm rupture, etc).

So, if you are a bystander and see someone down, please do CPR.  It may save their life, a life with “favorable neurologic status.”   Consider taking CPR training.  The Red Cross offers classes nationwide.

Hope this helps.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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