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View Poll Results: Would you do mouth-to-mouth?
Of course! It's a matter of life and death! 55 83.33%
No, I'm not comfortable with doing it. 11 16.67%
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Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 02:26 AM

If you saw someone drowning or something, even if it was or wasn't someone you knew and they needed CPR would you do mouth-to-mouth or no?
   
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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 02:37 AM

I said no, because I don't know how to do it.
   
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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 02:56 AM

... Actually, they don't teach mouth-to-mouth anymore and haven't taught it that way in years, what they did till recently was only teaching with using some kind of mouth barrier. Mouth-to-mouth is the least effective way to give breaths, and it takes a long time if you aren't 100% sure of it. They found that doing just compressions is more effective then stopping to give them breaths. And now they teach CPR as compressions only.

Personally, I would do what I have to do. I always carry some kind of mouth barrier with me, though if I didn't have it with me for some reason. I would do compressions only, because the risks from mouth-to-mouth are REALLY high. And it is more effective to just to compressions.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 03:16 AM

I don't know how to do CRP but I would do whatever is necessary to save them.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 03:45 AM

I definitely would do what I have to do to save them.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 04:18 AM

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... Actually, they don't teach mouth-to-mouth anymore and haven't taught it that way in years, what they did till recently was only teaching with using some kind of mouth barrier. Mouth-to-mouth is the least effective way to give breaths, and it takes a long time if you aren't 100% sure of it. They found that doing just compressions is more effective then stopping to give them breaths. And now they teach CPR as compressions only.

Personally, I would do what I have to do. I always carry some kind of mouth barrier with me, though if I didn't have it with me for some reason. I would do compressions only, because the risks from mouth-to-mouth are REALLY high. And it is more effective to just to compressions.



Actually, that's not entirely true. They do still teach it that way and chest compressions only CPR is used only for adults who have suffered cardiac arrest, and mouth-to-mouth is still needed and essential in some cases, as for those who suffer from lack of oxygen due to drowning, drug overdose, carbon monoxide poisoning, etc...as it states here in American Heart Association who made this hands only in the first place:

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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 04:25 AM

I can't vote because I'm not sure! I think I would start screaming to find somebody who can.
I need to take a CPR class...



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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 04:43 AM

I have seen CPR various times in video, but have not been trained in doing it. If there was anyone better qualified, I would leave it to them, but if it was up to me, I would try my best with the knowledge that I have.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 05:12 AM

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Actually, that's not entirely true. They do still teach it that way and chest compressions only CPR is used only for adults who have suffered cardiac arrest, and mouth-to-mouth is still needed and essential in some cases, as for those who suffer from lack of oxygen due to drowning, drug overdose, carbon monoxide poisoning, etc...as it states here in American Heart Association who made this hands only in the first place:

http://handsonlycpr.org/resources
They teach breath ONLY to professional rescuers, and ONLY for two person CPR. Because if you are by yourself, the MOST important thing is compressions.

Personally... I wouldn't do mouth to mouth on any of those, or any case. Actual mouth-to-mouth is the LEAST effective way to give breaths, and causes more damage then good, because you have to mess around trying to give the breaths and getting a good seal with your mouth over theirs, when you NEED to be doing compressions if you want that person to live. Also doing actual mouth to mouth, puts you in a LOT of risk for different diseases that are passed through body fluids. Using a one way valve mask, and a BVM (Bag-Valve-Mask) are the MOST effective way, and the safest for YOU as the rescuer.

For the record, I have two current CPR cards. And am currently a EMT, and live with a more advance EMT (Who used to be a CPR instructor). I have done lots of research on this subject, and done a lot of training on it.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 05:22 AM

I have to take a class soon for my major on cpr. The class doesn't teach mouth to mouth anymore. No one really does. I heard from my teacher that mouth to mouth does about the same as chest compressions...which mouth to mouth doesn't really help any.
   
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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 06:13 AM

Nope. I'd do hands only CPR until I had a good airway with BVM. I won't do a mouth to mask. It's just disgusting. There is enough oxygenation to suffice adequate perfusion in the brain and heart with just the compressions.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 10:40 AM

If I knew how to do it I would.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 10:40 AM

I am honestly not sure but I hope I would.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 10:52 AM

Not sure. I don't know how to do CPR so I'd have to learn before this "incident."
   
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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 10:55 AM

Lets pretend for a moment that I actually know how to do CPR. If I knew how to do CPR then I'd do it if I knew that it was going to save a life.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 02:10 PM

I am a qualified First Aider and would do CPR if someone had drowned.

However, if they needed CPR because something else had happened and there was blood, I would hesitate. I'd try and find something to use as a shield to stop me from making contact with the blood. I'm not a huge fan of Hepatitis/HIV.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 03:44 PM

I'm a Professional Rescuer certified in CPR, AED, Oxygen, First Aid, and Lifeguarding, and I do carry around my mouth barrier. So....if I sized up the scene, and it was safe, then yes. If it was not safe for me to do so, then no, I wouldn't.



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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 04:06 PM

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I'm a Professional Rescuer certified in CPR, AED, Oxygen, First Aid, and Lifeguarding, and I do carry around my mouth barrier. So....if I sized up the scene, and it was safe, then yes. If it was not safe for me to do so, then no, I wouldn't.
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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 04:26 PM

I've done 3 first aid & cpr courses so i'm pretty knowledged up! I'd be more than willing to help someone.





   
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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 04:37 PM

I did a rookie lifeguarding course, of which CPR was a part, and they taught us mouth-to-mouth on dummies. I don't have a mouth barrier thingy, but I would definitely do mouth-to-mouth. For me, there's no question about it. Someone's life is in danger, I try to save them, with total disregard to myself. Maybe that isn't quite the most sensible way to do anything, but hey ho

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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 07:46 PM

If I was first aid trained then I probably would do what was necessary, but because I'm not currently then I'd be looking for someone else who knew what they were doing and calling the emergency services.
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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 07:53 PM

As Sarah said they only teach it to proffessionals and you are taugh to use some form of barrier to avoid fluid contact. I am in St John Ambulance and i'm life guard trained so i would do it yes.
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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 07:58 PM

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They teach breath ONLY to professional rescuers, and ONLY for two person CPR. Because if you are by yourself, the MOST important thing is compressions.

Personally... I wouldn't do mouth to mouth on any of those, or any case. Actual mouth-to-mouth is the LEAST effective way to give breaths, and causes more damage then good, because you have to mess around trying to give the breaths and getting a good seal with your mouth over theirs, when you NEED to be doing compressions if you want that person to live. Also doing actual mouth to mouth, puts you in a LOT of risk for different diseases that are passed through body fluids. Using a one way valve mask, and a BVM (Bag-Valve-Mask) are the MOST effective way, and the safest for YOU as the rescuer.

For the record, I have two current CPR cards. And am currently a EMT, and live with a more advance EMT (Who used to be a CPR instructor). I have done lots of research on this subject, and done a lot of training on it.


Also everyone who has said so far that you don't know how. Please learn how. It is easy to learn, and could save a life. They are making it easier and easier to learn.




Whether you've been educated or well trained in this, it clearly states someone with a lack of xygen does need mouth-to-mouth and it's still important, for someone who hasn't suffered a cardiac arrest and just stopped breathing then there's no point in using chest compressions in that case. I think it's important everybody knows how to do both.
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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 09:36 PM

No...but I'd give compressions :P I have a weak breath, so it would do more harm than help :/


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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 11:52 PM

I AM CPR certified, but right now I would not give any one mouth to mouth with my health issues. Unless it was my son.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 8th 2011, 11:57 PM

I hate how they change it every 5 minutes. I was certified in Dec. '09 and I learned mouth to mouth and now there's the hands-only version. I would do the CPR the way I was trained, but if someone knew better than me I would let them do it instead. It's been awhile since I learned and I'm not very confident in my abilities, but my doing it would be better than nothing.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 9th 2011, 12:35 AM

They shouldn't have changed anything in the first place...I guess it's neccessary for people who have suffered cardiac arrest so no breathing for that is required. Or if it's a stranger you're skittish about putting your mouth on theirs...but if it were someone I actually knew and was close with it'd be different.
Like it states here m2m is still needed for drowning victims and etc http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23884566...new-cpr-rules/
   
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Re: Would you do it? - September 9th 2011, 12:47 AM

Yeah, I think if it's something that obstructs breathing like drowning, chocking, asthma, etc. then mouth to mouth is needed because the main problem is lack of oxygen. If it's something like a heart attack then you can use the hands-only version because the main problem is lack of blood circulation. Or if you don't like the idea of mouth to mouth you don't have to use it.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 9th 2011, 01:24 AM

Yes I would, because I took CPR classes and am certified.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 9th 2011, 02:44 PM

Yes, I've done it before. Single scariest experience of my entire life and I was in floods of tears by the time a professional arrived to take over. But I'd do it again though. It's someones life - imagine how you'd feel if [I know, you'd be unconscious] someone refused to give you mouth to mouth to save your life, because it was 'disgusting'???

Without wanting to argue here, I honestly don't get why people wont do it. People kiss strangers - just because someone is passed out doesn't mean they're highly contagious or HIV positive or anything. If they'd thrown up - well, wipe it and get on with it.

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Re: Would you do it? - September 9th 2011, 04:54 PM

I voted now because I'm not trained or knowledgeable enough to do it, or trust myself to try.
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Re: Would you do it? - September 9th 2011, 05:04 PM

I'm a lifeguard, so it's my legal obligation to do so. I actually almost swam into a river while I was taking a walk during the summer, because I saw a bunch of tweenagers who looked like they were in trouble. They were okay though.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 9th 2011, 05:04 PM

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I voted now because I'm not trained or knowledgeable enough to do it, or trust myself to try.
Chances are I'd manage to make things worse.
In this case a good samaritan law would protect you. If you weren't the only one there I'd agree, but if it were your action or nothing I think it's better to try than not.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 9th 2011, 05:07 PM

I got trained in CPR my sophomore year in high school, but it's expired now. I'd still do it though because while the method I learned may not be the best, it'll still work.
   
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Re: Would you do it? - September 10th 2011, 11:24 PM

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I got trained in CPR my sophomore year in high school, but it's expired now. I'd still do it though because while the method I learned may not be the best, it'll still work.
Hmm I agree. If I didn't know what to do, I'd rather try and fail, than not try at all.

Ultimately with this whole thing, I don't think you can answer until you're in that kind of situation - where someone else's life is in your hands. I don't reckon you'd give it a thought - you'd go for it or not.




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Re: Would you do it? - September 11th 2011, 05:33 AM

I would because I know CPR.

But first I'd call 911 - or have someone else call.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 14th 2011, 07:19 PM

I answered no because I have no idea how to. I would call 999 and hope there was someone in the area who could help.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 14th 2011, 07:29 PM

I was CPR-certified (it expired a couple months ago), but I wouldn't do mouth to mouth. I don't want to risk contracting a disease, unless there was something I could use as a protective barrier between my mouth and theirs. Regardless, if I saw someone who needed it, I would still be willing to do chest compressions.


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Re: Would you do it? - September 14th 2011, 07:30 PM

Never I'd freeze and wouldn't know what to do.. I've never done CPR... never learnt it. I'd be afraid of doing more harm than good :/


   
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Re: Would you do it? - September 15th 2011, 04:30 AM

I'm trained and certified by St. John's Ambulance in First Aid, CPR, mouth-to-mouth (using the mouth barrier) and defib training. I would certainly try to help the person as well as call for the ambulance. If someone else was near-by who was willing and more qualified, then I'd let them do it or assist. So far, I've had to put my first aid training to use several times. I've also done CPR once for an actual situation, although shortly after I started, the ambulance, fire-truck, fire-marshall and police all arrived.


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