From ABC to Just C: How to Save a Life

Published on February 14, 2013 by arothstein

CPR Trainer Terra Vangerven demonstrates CPR.

Anyone who has gone through CPR training in the past is familiar with A-B-C. Airway, Breathing and Compressions were the path to help save someone’s life.

But did you know that since 2010, the American Heart Association (AHA) changed A-B-C to C-A-B? Furthermore, the AHA now recommends that individuals with no training only give compressions in an emergency situation. A-B-C has changed to just C for a large portion of the general public. The recent change is titled “Hands-Only CPR.”

Broadview University-Layton is creating workshops on campus to bring their staff up to date on emergency procedures that could save a life.

“You never know what kind of emergency will happen on campus,” says CPR Trainer and Medical Assistant Program Chair Terra Vangerven. “The sooner you get to the person, the better survival rate.”

The change from A-B-C to only compressions came because of people’s apprehension to conducting full CPR.

“People were afraid to do CPR, they were afraid to do mouth-to-mouth breathing,” added Vangerven. “Any type of CPR is better than none. Compressions are better than nothing and that change will hopefully get more people involved.”

Hands-Only CPR is quite easy to do. According to the AHA, “If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song ‘Stayin’ Alive.’ CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival, and ‘Stayin’ Alive’ has the right beat for Hands-Only CPR.”

The fear of legal trouble is also removed thanks to the Good Samaritan Law. The law protects individuals that assist a victim during a medical emergency.  Since Good Samaritans typically do not have medical training, the law defends them from being liable for injury or death occurred during a medical emergency. The key is to stay within your scope and only preform what you have been taught.

For a refresher on Hands-Only CPR, check out this video from the AHA.

Broadview University is looking to expanding their BLS CPR instruction to the local community. Check out our blog for further information.

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