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CPR more effective when delivered by heavier rescuers or with excellent upper body strength
 

CPR more effective when delivered by heavier rescuers or with excellent upper body strength

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Anyone, even 9-year-olds, can be trained for cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. It is a skill that will come in handy for emergencies. However, for those aiming to be first responders, there are two factors critical to ensuring a higher survival rate through CPR – weight and upper body strength.
 
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20 Jul 2016 - General
 
An ER specialist taught us a technique back in med school on how to deliver quality compressions even when you are not on the heavy side. Put your weight on the patient. By using your lumbars as the working muscles instead of your arms, you'll get less fatigued with deeper compressions. In my technique, I kneel on the patient's side to avoid using much muscle strength on my legs, so as to avoid feeling tired. I can assure 5 minutes of quality compression through this. ;)

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I would have to agree with those who think that increased rescuer body weight and better upper body strength contributes to the effectiveness of chest compressions. Although there is a caveat to this. Those who are extremely heavy could be slower in delivering chest compressions, so there is a limit to the increase in body weight. Upper body strength and stamina are advantageous when performing CPR because when rescuers are easily fatigued, there will be prolonged pauses during chest compression...
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All the more reason we should work out and develop them lats, biceps and triceps! Kidding aside, it is very important that rescuers have the capacity to achieve the recommended depth for CPR, that is 1.5-2 inches, with 2 inches more effective according to studies. If the rescuer is not fit, or underweight, achieving the depth continuously and consistently may be a difficulty. Despite of the adrenaline, fatigue can easily wear out the rescuer easily, especially if help is taking too long to respo...
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As a BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) Instructor, it is true that heavier rescuers or those with excellent upper body strength can execute more effective CPR but on the downside, there is a higher chance of causing rib fractures. However, we all know that the most important is to be able to perform good chest compression (the previous guidelines used to be at least 5cm)

However for females, many of the BCLS providers struggle to barely reach the target of 4-5cm depth in compression, he...
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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR is a very important life saving skill for the patients suffering of sudden cardiac or pulmonary arrest, either in hospital or out of hospital settling. The application of cardiopulmonary resuscitation during a out of hospital cardiac and/or pulmonary arrest will be depended on the public by-passers. As pointed out, cardiopulmonary resuscitation should be taught in school, and it is not a very complicated skill to teach the student. This article has showed tha...
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From personal experience I can say that the upper body strength of the rescuer does count when performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It is true that the correct technique is what matters the most, but when you don't have enough muscle and stamina, the process can be very exhausting. In the hospital there's usually more than one medical professional with CPR training, so we can take turns and give continuous CPR, but in the event of an emergency outside the hospital setting, you could...
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Perhaps CPR training, along with other first-aid measures, should be a mandatory skill to be taught in the primary and secondary school levels. You never know when you can use it to save a life, especially that of a family member or loved one. Though the article says that CPR is more effective when done by heavier persons, w know that not everyone can possess great upper body strength or an ideal weight. Thus, I believe that knowing the proper technique and knowing how to use this to compensate ...
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Yeah it is important for everyone to understand the chain of survivor and early CPR is totally essential. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation should be taught and tested in every school just like any other subject. Early identification of a cardiac arrest and proper rescue breathe and chest compression should be part of our education system. School should prepare every child to be an effective citizen and saving life cannot be overemphasized. I believe children should also be taught about defibrillato...
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For the test, they had to perform CPR on a mannequin for 20 minutes or until exhaustion. Chest compression parameters included how fast they performed compression, the correct location, the compression depth and the relation between compression and rest phases. underweight achieved lower scores in compression parameters than those who were normal weight or overweight.But the effect of the volunteers’ size on their performance of CPR was partly mediated by muscle strength.Volunteers with medium o...
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