The Case Against Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation
Three recent studies have found that when untrained bystanders perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as part of CPR on people who are in cardiac arrest, it does not improve patient survival rates. In order to help the 92 percent of cardiac arrest patients who die before reaching the hospital, the American Heart Association (AHA) has traditionally recommended a CPR (for cardiopulmonary resuscitation) protocol that includes chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth "rescue breathing."
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