It may be called
the kiss of life, but mouth-to-mouth resuscitation could actually
be anything but.
experts, the treatment can in fact hinder heart attack patients’
chances of survival.
advice, when a patient’s heart stops, first-aiders are told
to give 30 chest compressions followed by two breaths into the mouth.
so concerned they are calling for the technique to be left out of
CPR guidelines for the condition.
is widely taught in schools, offices and to those who help at big
But U.S. researchers
say giving mouth-to-mouth actually interrupts time which should
be spent on chest compressions to keep blood flowing round the body.
are only given chest compressions, survival rates increase by a
fifth, they found.
Dr Peter Nagele,
of Washington University School of Medicine, in St Louis, said:
‘Our findings support the idea that emergency medical services
dispatch should instruct bystanders to focus on chest-compression-only
CPR in adults with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.’
or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, will not restart a heart, it ensures
the patient is kept alive by pumping blood around the body to crucial