THIS TECHNIQUE IS FOR BYSTANDERS ONLY. PEOPLE WHO ARE FUNCTIONING IN A ROLE REQUIRING HEALTHCARE PROVIDER STATUS MUST - AT LEAST IN THE SHORT TERM - CONTINUE TO USE MANUAL COMPRESSIONS.
Here's the announcement letter that just went out:
- They cannot get down on the floor;
- Their arthritis (or any other condition) prevents them from pressing on the chest forcefully enough to achieve full GC3's (two-inch compressions);
- They have become too tired to perform GC3's manually; or
- The chest on which they are pressing is too stiff for them to achieve GC3's manually.
This recommendation has been previewed with a number of organizations and individuals and has been given a favorable reception in the context of use by Bystanders who need to use it to perform guideline-compliant chest compressions. We have no guarantee that there will be acceptance within all organizations, but this statement needs to be made.
Thank you again for your support, and please do not hesitate to suggest, comment, criticize.
With best regards,