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  •  Yes (10+ / 0-)

    for a number of reasons.

    First, though, good on your wife for stepping up for a person in need.

    One thing is, dead/dying people often vomit.  So you don't want to get vomit in your mouth.

    Also, they've found that the actual compressions themselves change the pressure inside the chest cavity enough that it draws air in and out.  So overall there's no need to have a rescuer exchanging body fluids, when it doesn't necessarily benefit the patient.

    All you need to do now is learn how to give good compressions and keep the airway open.  For the compressions, once you learn the posture/hand position, just pump to the beat of "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen.  Switch off when you get tired.

    •  Second that (4+ / 0-)

      Especially if only one rescuer is on the scene, the time you spend doing rescue breathing is time that you aren't circulating the blood with chest compression, so you lose more than you gain.

      Another tune with a good tempo (and maybe a better set of lyrics) is the BeeGees' "Stayin' Alive". You're looking for at least 100 compressions per minute--but not too much faster, or the chest won't have time to recoil between compressions.

      Looking at the video, I'd guess the firefighters are pushing too fast, which is an easy thing to do when your adrenalin is surging. Given that the guy may have had, oh, a 1% chance of survival anyway, I expect that didn't make a difference in this case.

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