In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the strategy of using compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) In both hospital and out-of-hospital care, it has emerged as an alternative to standard CPR. This consists of performing compressions followed by two insufflations generated by the operator or rescuer.
According to a study carried out by the Spanish Society of Cardiology, which included a total of 30,445 patients who suffered out-of-hospital cardiac arrest; The types of CPR were analyzed (standard and compressions only), the number of times this maneuver was applied, and the impact of survival with these changes in CPR for 30 days was also evaluated. The results showed that the new guidelines of the clinical practice guidelines represented a significant increase in the application of the CPR maneuver and, therefore, an increase in the survival rate in patients who suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest. The foregoing is because the impediments to the performance of CPR maneuvers include aspects from the lack of trained personnel, the fear of causing harm and fear of contagion in times of pandemic.
Durán, D., 2020. Survival After Cardiac Arrest Assisted With Standard CPR Or Only With Compressions. [online] Spanish Society of Cardiology. Available at: <https://secardiologia.es/blog/10555-superivencia-de-los-pacientes-con-parada-cardiaca-asistidos-con-maniobras-rcp-estandar-o-solo-con-compresiones> [Accessed September 22, 2020].