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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Performing CPR requires three abilities"

  1. Compress the chest to a depth of 2 to 2.4 inches.
  2. Compress it 100 to 120 times a minute.
  3. Get at least all but 1.8 pounds off the chest at full recoil/
Here's the problem:
  1. About 0% of all households where both adults can compress their spouse's chest to two inches.
  2. Most Bystanders compress at too slow a rate.
  3. Most Bystanders "lean" - i.e., leave more than two pounds of force on the chest at the top of the full recoil stroke.
The only reasonable solution is to have an AED at home. 

Another problem: only 44% of the arrests are witnessed. There is a device that will call 911 + other, specified parties when you arrest. If the rescuer is in the same residence as you and you have an AED at home, your odds of survival go from zero percent to more than 50%, if you have an AED at home.