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Concentrate on chest compressions

4th January 2012

New advice from the British Heart Foundation is urging people to concentrate on chest compressions when carrying out CPR and forget mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.


The charity has enlisted actor and former footballer Vinnie Jones in an advertising campaign promoting hands-only CPR.

It comes amid research by the BHF which suggests a growing number of people are concerned about giving the kiss of life because of lack of knowledge or the risk of contracting an infectious disease.

The official position of the BHF is now that anyone who does not have CPR training should ignore the kiss of life in favour of hard and fast compressions in the centre of the chest.

Hands-only CPR has previously been supported by the Resuscitation Council (UK).

The survey of 2,000 people in the UK found half were put off performing CPR because of lack of knowledge, 20% were worried about catching a disease and 40% feared being sued if they did something wrong.

Senior cardiac nurse at the BHF Ellen Mason said: “The kiss of life can often be daunting for untrained bystanders who want to help when someone has collapsed with a cardiac arrest.”

While it remained the “gold standard”, she said that if a person had not had training the best option would be to just do chest compressions.

Commenting on the new campaign, Vinnie Jones said: “There really shouldn’t be any messing about when it comes to CPR. If you're worried about the kiss of life just forget it and push hard and fast in the centre of the chest.”


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