COCPR is 'compression-only cardio-pulmonary resuscitation' also known as 'hands only CPR' or 'Compression only CPR. It's an easier form of CPR that can be used to save thousands of lives every day. Hands Only CPR is so simple that you can watch a YouTube video and learn how it's done though of course it's better to attend a CPR class if you can.
First, if you suspect someone is having a heart atttack ask someone to call for an ambulance. How can you tell if someone is having a heart attack? There are several symptoms - the most being a pain or discomfort in the chest. It can feel like pressure or a squeezing or a feeling of fullness and pain. There may be discomfort in other areas such as one or both arms, the stomach, neck, jaw or back. And there may be a shortness of breath or light-headedness or nausea. Perhaps their lips have turned blue or they have become very pale.
Next, roll the victim on his or her back. Place the heel of your hand down on the chest - between the nipples. Put the heel of your other hand on top of the first and interlock your fingers. Line your shoulders up over your hands, locking your elbows. Now you are ready to start the compression. Use your upper body weight to press down on the victim's chest. Press down and immediately release your weight so that their chest springs back up again. Do this quickly - about 100 times in one minute. These chest compressions move oxygen to the brain. Keep going until the ambulance crew arrives.
Compression-only CPR is said to be more effective than CPR because it's easier to administer. Cardiac arrest patients who receive COCPR had an incredible 60 percent higher chance of survival compared to victims who received no CPR or conventional CPR probably because of the following reasons:
- COCPR is easier to remember and perform than ordinary CPR
- Performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation can take longer and there may be hesitancy on the part of the administer
- During a heart attack, it's vital to get proper oxygen circulation going, especially to the brain
- Even brief pauses in between chest compressions can increase the likelihood that blood flow might drop
Heart attacks in non-hospital situations affect around 300,000 a year in the United States alone. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association 2010 indicated that survival rates for cardiac arrest patients outside a hospital setting were 5.2 percent for patients who received no-CPR, 7.8 percent for those who received conventional CPR but the greatest percentage of survivors - 13.3 percent - had received CPR-Hands Only. And the survival rate increased over time.
Learn COCPR and you may help save a life one day.