4 Things I Learned From This Year’s CPR Course for Professionals

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Every two years, to update my skills, I retake a basic CPR course sponsored by the American Heart Association, along with their Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course for health care professionals. And it never fails, I always learn something new and remember things I shouldn’t have forgotten. Here are a few highlights from this year. […]

By | May 18th, 2015|General|13 Comments

Update on My Hands-Only CPR Post: The AHA’s Response

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH If you read my post about Hands-Only CPR Monday, you know that I believe the American Heart Association’s guidelines leave room for interpretation. So my team emailed them to see if they could officially clarify some points. Here’s part of their response. It addresses some issues related to Hands-Only CPR, a trademarked term for doing chest compressions only (no mouth-to-mouth), but doesn’t clarify completely. […]

By | October 13th, 2014|General|8 Comments

Hands-Only CPR and When to Add the Breathing

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A child collapses; there’s no sign of life. You call for help and start CPR. But wait. Didn’t you hear somewhere that they say now not to do the respirations part? Just do Hands-Only CPR? Or are kids one of the exceptions? Well, whatever you do, do something, and do it quick. When to Add the Breathing These days, Hands-Only CPR is the way to go in most situations for people who aren’t medical professionals. It’s easier; it works as well as adding respirations, at least most of the time. And the feeling is, it’ll help more people act and act quicker. But there are exceptions. […]

By | October 6th, 2014|Children, General|17 Comments

When Someone’s Drowning: 4 Resuscitation Tips. (Some May Surprise You.)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH This is part 2 of my drowning series. See part 1, about essential swimming skills and rescuing drowning victims, here.  Once you pull someone drowning to safety, what next? If they’re unresponsive and not breathing, three things should be done at once if there are enough people around to do them: Call 911, start CPR, look for an AED machine. In a survival situation, if you can’t call 911 and there’s no AED machine, […]

By | June 23rd, 2014|General|5 Comments

Hands-Only CPR Is for Landlubbers. Old-style Is for Near Drownings.

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Although I’ve never had to perform CPR on a drowning victim, I’ve done it on others. And I can tell you, it’s a little more complicated and messy than what you what you see on TV. There, the victims almost always make it. Just a little light chest pressing, maybe a push or two on the stomach, then, when all hope seems lost, the person suddenly spits out a gob of water, and that’s that. In real life, for one thing, you’ve really got to press hard on the chest—much harder than any live actor is going to stand for. For another, it’s not only water that comes up. About eighty percent of near-drowning victims vomit at some point during the resuscitation. Bet you’re not going to see that on the next version of Baywatch. […]

By | July 6th, 2012|General|51 Comments