Continuous chest compression, or CCC is a simpler way of saving lives as compared to CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and no longer requires any formal training.
For years CPR had been the sole technique to save thousands of lives in situations like a heart attack.
But now the new technique CCC is considering better to deal with patients.
How CCC works
CCC is so simple that it can be learnt by watching a short video on the internet.
In case someone collapses, firstly you need to call on 911 and find a defibrillator.
Next, the victim should be rolled onto his back and the heel of his one hand should be put down on the chest between the nipples.
CCC is found to be more effective than traditional CPR, possibly because it is much easier to remember and administer, and anyone can do it.
Put the heel of the second hand on top of the first, and interlock your fingers.
In order to start the compressions, line your shoulders up over your hands and lock your elbows.
Using the weight of your torso through your shoulders and locked elbows to compress the victim's chest is the best way to compress, suggest researchers.
Then immediately release your weight so the victim's chest springs back up.
This needs to be repeated continuously for about 100 times until professional help arrives.
CCC better than CPR
In case of CCC, the only thing you do is pump on the chest until professional help arrives. You do it even if the person is gasping.
The chest compressions help in moving enough oxygen to the brain, as the oxygen is already present in the body.
CCC is found to be more effective than traditional CPR, possibly because it is much easier to remember and administer, and anyone can do it. Just start pumping, reveal researchers.
CPR on the other hand is so complex that it requires a formal training class several hours long, which limits the number of people who can perform CPR.
Secondly, it requires a number of actions and decisions like is the heart beating or not? Is the person breathing or not? Is the airway obstructed? etc.
Thirdly, there is also the mouth-to-mouth part in CPR, which makes some people legitimately uncomfortable.