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New CPR Procedure

By: Karen Kostko
By: Karen Kostko

A recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine says CPR with chest compressions alone could be just as effective as using mouth-to-mouth breathing.

EMS responders and dispatchers in our area use the CPR procedure that combines chest compressions and breathing. EMS responders in Lincoln County say they're discussing the new procedure.

"I think for the most part, it's been a process of eliminating difficult steps and making it easier for the lay person to do it," says Steve Peterson, Merrill firefighter.

The American Heart Association is one of the groups that regulate CPR guidelines. They still believe that chest compressions and mouth to mouth breathing increase chances for survival.