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Hands-Only CPR is Key To Saving Lives

June 9, 2022

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Promotion of hands-only CPR could increase usage, improve outcomes in cardiac arrest

As part of the 2022 National CPR and AED Awareness Week, the American Heart Association promoted the use of hands-only CPR.

Matthew W. Martinez, MD, director of Atlantic Health System Sports Cardiology at Morristown Medical Center, and Cardiology Today Editorial Board Member, participated in a Q&A with health news website Healio about why bystander CPR and AED use is so important, what the barriers are to adoption and how promotion of hands-only CPR could increase the usage of bystander CPR and improve outcomes.

"It is faster and easier to do hands-only CPR. It is a little less exhausting and a whole lot less intimidating"

Matthew W. Martinez, MD

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