The American Heart Association is changing the way we do CPR.
The small change is going to make a big difference. The Muskingum Valley Red Cross Director of Preparedness and Response Julie Davis said mouth to mouth ventilations will be eliminated from the new CPR training standards for people who witness situations where the patient is not breathing and does not have a pulse. This is called bystander CPR.
"We are eliminating the use of doing ventilations or doing mouth to mouth breathing. We're teaching people to be more aware of their own safety. They are afraid to put their mouth directly on someone else's mouth. Plus, studies are showing that the more compressions that you do without interruption it's better for the person," Davis said.
But until it's approved on a national level the old standard, which is mouth to mouth and compression, will still be taught.
"The way you've been doing it is still okay. You won't be doing anything wrong and technically your card is still going to be good until the expiration date on it, whether you were taught the old standards or the new standards."
Davis said the standards are reviewed every five years. She expects it to be official sometime early next year.