Advantages And Disadvantages Of Cpr

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This paper compares and contrasts the health benefits and drawbacks of manual CPR versus mechanical CPR. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an integral procedure in emergency medical care. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation enhances patients’ survival in medical emergency situations related to sudden cardiac arrests and drowning (Semhar, 2015). CPR is primarily used to prevent deaths in situations where a patient has ineffective heart activity or a patient has stopped breathing. Thus, CPR seek to keep a patient alive by aiding temporary oxygen and blood circulation to the brain and other vital organs until appropriate treatment procedures restore the patient’s effective heartbeat and breathing. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is performed in…show more content…
In comparison, mechanical CPR eliminates the ineffectiveness attributable to rescuers’ fatigue. Devices used in mechanical CPR utilize the pneumatically driven mechanisms to ensure uninterrupted compression of a patient’s chest (Hock et al., 2012). Pneumatically-driven machines do not experience fatigue compared to rescuers using their hands to compress a patient’s chest. Consequent to the absence of fatigue, mechanical CPR can sustain improved thoracic and coronary pressures; hence, enhancing survival for patients with prolonged breathing and heart-pumping ineffectiveness.
Besides the issue of fatigue, manual cardiopulmonary resuscitation is resource intensive in regards to skills of personnel needed to perform prolonged chest compressions on the way to hospital (Semhar, 2015). Using hands to compress a patient’s chest require talent and experience because rescuers must know how long to keep their hands off to allow full chest recoil and how deep to press the chest to elicit effective thoracic and coronary pressures (Gu, Tang & Wang, 2015). Therefore, survival rates during manual CPRs are enhanced only in the presence of experienced rescuers. In comparison, mechanical CPR demand limited skills and experience from rescuers. The variables of chest recoil and depth of chest compression are automatically determined by the mechanical CPR devices (Semhar, 2015). Mechanical CPR
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