FOX 47 - Health News
MADISON (WMSN) --
The American Heart Association is telling everyone, simply giving chest compressions during emergencies is enough to save a life.
Madison has been using this method for the past 3 years, because of its amazing success rate.
"We saw some real improvement in cardiac resuccistation saves typically what we were seeing for a long time in CPR was rated at 20% weve more than doubled that at this point," said Lori Wirth, Madison Fire Department PIO.
It's these results that finally convinced the medical industry this should be the new protocol. It grabbed the attention of the former city of Madison's Fire Department medical director, Dr. Darren Bean, who made it a county-wide protocol, nicknamed "Call and Pump."
"We've seen people who've survived for many minutes after arrests," said Wirth.
The American Heart Association adopted this method last week, but there is a difference.
"The American Heart Association is still saying compression first, but later your going to have to do something with the airway," said Wirth.
The man who helped pioneer this method did not live to see it happen.
"Unfortunately we lost Dr. Bean in a helicopter crash in 2008. The legacy he left behind is that he trained all of our personnel," said Wirth.
The hope is for more bystanders to step in and save lives.
"A lot of people wonder are they doing the right thing. For us, we say anything is better than just standing by. But once you start those compressions you don't stop for any reason," said Wirth.
This new method should not be used on children when a child collapses. It is most likely an airway issue, and they need the heimlich maneuver.
If you would like to learn more about the new "hands-only" method of saving a life, follow this link: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/CPR_UCM_001118_SubHomePage.jsp
Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!
Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)
|Brutal murders of 8 Ebola aid workers has chilling effect on humanitarian efforts|
As details emerge about the brutal murders of at least eight Ebola aid workers and journalists whose bodies were found dumped in a latrine in a Guinean village, questions linger about whether the murders will have a chilling effect on the international relief effort.
|Angelina Jolie surgery sparks surge in female cancer tests, study says|
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie's decision to make public her double mastectomy more than doubled the number of women in Britain seeking to have genetic breast cancer tests, according to a study released on Friday.
|United Nations to deploy Ebola mission in worst-affected states|
The United Nations will create a special mission to combat Ebola, deploying staff in the worst-affected states - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - as the U.N. Security Council declared the outbreak a "threat to international peace and security."
|French Ebola case to receive test treatment|
A French volunteer nurse working for Medecins Sans Frontieres who contracted Ebola in Liberia will receive an experimental treatment for the virus in France, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said.
|Sierra Leone capital at standstill as Ebola lockdown begins|
Sierra Leone began a three-day lockdown on Friday in an effort to halt the spread of the Ebola virus, as President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents to comply with the emergency measures.
Tonight on FOX 47
5:00pm Two and a Half Men
5:30pm Big Bang Theory
6:00pm Modern Family
6:30pm Big Bang Theory
8:00pm Red Band Society (Encore)
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:35pm Modern Family
10:05pm Two and a Half Men
10:35pm Everybody Loves Raymond
11:05pm The Simpsons
11:35pm The Simpsons