It's not ABC anymore, DocAroundTheClock half-jokingly wrote, it's ACB (airway, compressions, breathing).
Well, it looks like it will be just AC (airway, compressions) from now on. Click here for the official AHA advisory on Hands-Only (Compression-Only) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation published in Circulation (PDF file).
According to the CNN report from the 2008 AHA meeting, chest compressions-only CPR works as well as the standard technique in adults:
"Bystanders will now be more willing to jump in and help if they see someone suddenly collapse. Hands-only CPR is simpler and easier to remember and removes a big barrier for people skittish about the mouth-to-mouth breathing.
"You only have to do two things. Call 911 and push hard and fast on the middle of the person's chest."
Hands-only CPR calls for uninterrupted chest presses -- 100 a minute -- until paramedics take over or an automated external defibrillator is available to restore a normal heart rhythm.
This action should be taken only for adults. A child who collapses is more likely to primarily have breathing problems -- and in that case, mouth-to-mouth breathing should be used."
It's not Rocket Science, it's Hand-Only CPR!
See the CNN video: Heart Association: Hands-only CPR works.
Mr. Bean did not feel very comfortable performing mouth-to-mouth breathing either, as you can see from this YouTube video (not to be taken seriously).
Heart Association: Hands-only CPR works. CNN.
Hands-Only (Compression-Only) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A Call to Action for Bystander Response to Adults Who Experience Out-of-Hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest. A Science Advisory for the Public From the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee. Circulation.
Image source: Gray's Anatomy, 1918, public domain.