There are appalling survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac
arrests in the UK. Less than 10 per cent of casualties survive to
leave hospital, and yet many cardiac arrests are witnessed by
members of the public. We have to try and improve those survival
rates while facing the reality that most people don’t know how to
give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Research shows people are more likely to start CPR if they only
have to carry out Hands-only CPR on a casualty. CPR with rescue breaths should remain the gold
standard but if someone is untrained, or unsure about how to give
rescue breaths and chest compressions, Hands-only CPR is still more
likely to increase a casualty’s chance of survival.
So if you’ve been trained in CPR, including rescue breaths, and
feel confident using your skills, you should still give chest
compressions with rescue breaths.