For decades, the only way the average person knew how to help someone in cardiac arrest has been mouth-to-mouth CPR. Most times only trained professionals feel comfortable performing the treatment because of the fear of disease.
The American Red Cross is supporting compression-only CPR as an acceptable alternative when people are unwilling or untrained to provide the typical mouth-to-mouth version.
"Being able to do compressions without doing the breaths I can see a lot more people being willing to act and try to save a life," said American Red Cross CPR Instructor, Keith Beaudry.
The procedure is simple. Instead of the normal 30 compressions and two breaths, you perform continuous chest compressions at the rate of 100 per minute.
The Red Cross also offers an instructional DVD, first aid guide, and a practice tool that anyone can purchase to learn how to perform the compressions.