IS HANDS-ONLY CPR AS GOOD AS FULL CPR ?
I get asked this question a lot by my students and the simple answer is NO. If the bystander is trained and willing to deliver mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths effectively as well as compressions, they should do so as this remains the recommended treatment by the BHF and the latest Resuscitation Council UK guidelines.
If someone is NOT breathing normally then, absolutely, it is better to do something rather than nothing and therein lies the confusion as we are told to deliver 'hands-only CPR' rather than doing nothing at all.
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