Wednesday, September 12, 2007

New CPR Method Promises Better Results by Compressing Abdomen

A biomedical engineer at Purdue University has developed a new method to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation that promises to be more effective than standard CPR because it increases nourishing blood flow through the heart by 25 percent over the current method.

Leslie Geddes has developed the first new CPR alternative, called "only rhythmic abdominal compression," or OAC-CPR, which works by pushing on the abdomen instead of the chest.

"There are major problems with standard CPR," Geddes said. "One is the risk of breaking ribs if you push too hard, but if you don't push hard you won't save the person. Another problem is the risk of transferring infection with mouth-to-mouth breathing."

The new CPR method eliminates both risks, Geddes said. To read the full article, please visit

1 comment:

  1. "If" this does become the new method for CPR, then think about how technology would fit in here.

    There is no reason why the next generation of AED machines could not also include a strap around the abdomen connected to a device where the machine then does the compressions and adjusts accordingly.


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