Entries in Chest Compressions (3)


Girl, Friend Save Mom With CPR Learned on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(SHEBOYGAN, Wis.) -- A mother of three from Sheboygan, Wis., credits her 10-year-old daughter, her daughter’s friend and Grey’s Anatomy, with saving her life.

When 36-year-old Kandace Seyferth collapsed from a severe asthma attack Nov. 25, her daughter Madisyn knew exactly what to do. She quickly dialed 911 and started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while her friend, 12-year-old Katelynn Vreeke, performed chest compressions.

Where did these young girls learn how to give lifesaving CPR? From watching ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Seyferth said. “We’ve watched it every week for the past eight years,” Seyferth told ABC News. “When my fiancé asked her how she knew what to do, she said, ‘I’ve seen it on there 100 times.’”

Paramedics arrived four minutes later and took Seyferth to a nearby hospital.

“The paramedics saw them doing it, and they were just floored,” said Seyferth. “They’ve never taken classes; they just did what they saw. It’s amazing.”

Seyferth, who also has two sons, one 13 years old and the other 17 months old, said she was shocked by the young girls’ quick and calm response.

“My mind’s just blown,” she said. “Most adults I know would panic. They kept calm.”

Fire chief Jeff Hermann said the outcome could have been different had the girls not started CPR.

“These kids did what they were supposed to do, and they should be commended for the speed of their actions as well as the actions themselves,” Hermann told the Sheboygan Press.

Seyferth developed asthma symptoms after battling severe pneumonia last year.

“I’ve never felt the same since,” she said, describing the infection that landed her in intensive care for 21 days.

Seyferth carries an albuterol inhaler at all times. But they day she collapsed, it didn’t work. She’s visiting a pulmonologist Tuesday for lung testing, and hopes to get some answers.

In the meantime, Seyferth said the incident strengthened the already strong bond between her and her daughter.

“She’s getting an extra-special Christmas present this year,” she said. “If they weren’t around, I don’t know what would have happened. I wouldn’t be here, that’s for sure.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


American Heart Association Rearranges the ABCs of CPR

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The American Heart Association issued new guidelines Monday rearranging the steps for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.  According to the association, rapid chest compressions should now be the first step taken in trying to revive victims of cardiac arrest.  This changes the original order for CPR from A-B-C (Airway-Breathing-Compressions) to C-A-B (Compressions-Airway-Breathing).

“For more than 40 years, CPR training has emphasized the ABCs of CPR, which instructed people to open a victim’s airway by tilting their head back, pinching the nose and breathing into the victim’s mouth, and only then giving chest compressions,” said Michael Sayre, M.D., co-author of the guidelines and chairman of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Committee.

“This approach was causing significant delays in starting chest compressions, which are essential for keeping oxygen-rich blood circulating through the body," Sayre said. "Changing the sequence from A-B-C to C-A-B for adults and children allows all rescuers to begin chest compressions right away.”

The AHA notes that victims will have oxygen remaining in their lungs and bloodstream during the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest.  By starting CPR with chest compressions, as opposed to opening a victim's airway first, that blood can be pumped back to the victim's brain and heart faster.

The changes apply to adults, children and infants, but not to newborns.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


CPR Should Only Be a Hands-On Approach 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ARIZONA) -- A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that mouth-to-mouth breathing might not be necessary in resuscitating someone who has suffered a heart attack.

A team of Arizona physicians says performing CPR would likely be more effective by just delivering chest compressions in the case of a cardiac arrest patient.

This finding fits in with previous research of “hands only” cardiopulmonary resuscitation performed by bystanders with no first aid training.

Conventional CPR involves chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing intended to deliver oxygen to a patient’s lungs.

After the Arizona doctors observed cases of people receiving hands-only CPR and those receiving conventional CPR, the survival rate turned out to be greater when just chest compressions were used.

As expected, the survival rate was lowest when people performed no CPR on patients.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio