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How would a newborn infant reflexively breathing react to rescue breaths administered correctly after birth?

In the specific fictional case, one that takes place in my novel, a baby is born medically unassisted at home, with only the mother and father present (so no midwife, doula, no EMS, etc.) The baby ...
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CPR on injured person?

I have taken CPR training. Sometimes you read in the newspaper, a person injured in a car crash or anything, that they tried CPR in vain. I'm wondering, when a person is seriously injured, what's the ...
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Why do we continue compressions after the first AED shock?

I just took a CPR course and was instructed to perform 5 cycles of compressions after an AED shock (after which you wait for the AED to do another analysis). My question is: if the shock was ...
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Evidence for oxygen renewal during hands-only CPR

I have heard on several occasions anecdotally (e.g. [1]) that hands-only CPR can replace the air in the lungs with new air (with more oxygen) due to the mechanical compression of the rib cage. This ...
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Can a otherwise healthy person request a “do not resuscitate” order?

In NY State, in the USA, If an otherwise healthy person has a do not resuscitate order and has a heart attack and the ambulance comes, will they just let him die like that? Or is do not resuscitate ...
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What really happens to the heart during cardiac arrest and why is an AED useful?

I'm interested in studying medicine in the future and this question is really bothering me. So most sources would say that Cardiac Arrest occurs when the heart 'stops functioning normally' and hence ...
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When should one stop CPR?

I'm looking on various websites. They all say to stop CPR when normal breathing has started. But this news says that that is wrong and you CPR must not be stopped unless you have breathing and a pulse:...
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Can Asthma lead to a Cardiac Arrest and thus require CPR?

I recently read a story, in the story, there was a person that had a severe asthma attack. Another person came into his rescue and performed compressions and mouth to mouth. It wasnt stated whether ...
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How can CPR breathing be made less off-putting

There is a long on-going discussion about the breathing part of CPR being so off-putting that it frightens people away from doing CPR altogether. I was wondering what can be done to make it less off-...
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Basic CPR practice without a dummy

I would like to practice basic CPR with my children, but do not want to invest in a CPR doll. I would be interested in suggestions as to how else one could do this. My idea was to practice the bits ...
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Is it possible for the lungs and heart to work independently of one another?

I understand that the lungs take in oxygen, pass it to the heart to send throughout the body, and receive CO2 from cellular respiration that the lungs then breathe out. (Oversimplified, I know, but ...
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Can weak people use their feet when doing CPR?

Could doing CPR with a foot cause harm to the recipient? In a situation where the rescuer were unable to continue due to fatigue of the arms, is there a way to safely do CPR with the foot?
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What is the ratio when giving CPR

Pardon me if this is the incorrect place to ask, but we recently had a CPR written test and it asked what was the ratio of compressions to breaths. I answered 15:1 thinking that for 30 compresions to ...
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Why does breathing stop during cardiac arrest?

I've been reading about resuscitation, and found several suggestions that people don't continue breathing after effective heart function stops because the diaphragm quickly runs out of oxygen. Is ...
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Mechanical cardio resuscitation for asystole

We have great machines for shocking a heart out of various malfunctions. But my understanding is that the only "machine" indicated for restarting a heart that has completely stopped (i.e., "flat-...
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Why is defibrillation commenced before CPR in ventricular fibrillation?

I know CPR is usually commenced before defibrillation in a medical emergency, however we learned that defibrillation should be done before CPR in the case of ventricular fibrillation. Is there a ...
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AED on infants: risks of using adult pads

Until a couple of years ago, in case of cardiac arrest, first-aid guidelines (in France at least) were instructing not to use an AED on infants (< 1 yo), even with pediatric pads or with an energy ...
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How are ratios for one person CPR arrived at?

I have not had a CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) class in 10 or more years, but I used to take them all the time (like yearly). For one person CPR the ratio of compression to breaths was always ...