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Adel man saved by CPR

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We all know that CPR saves lives, and an Adel man knows firsthand.

Jay Davis had a heart attack while shopping at a Valdosta Sam's Club store.

Luckily, a nearby shopper knew CPR.  As with most things, CPR is evolving, and now there are new recommendations on how to perform it.

Bust do you know what they are?

68-year old Jay Davis owes his life to CPR and a good samaritan.

"I was that close to death," said Davis.

March 25 he was shopping for some dog food at Sam's club in Valdosta when he collapsed with a heart attack.

"As I was falling, this woman next to me heard me say I can't breathe," said Davis. "We go to find out she was a physician's assistant and she immediately started CPR."

Sam's employees grabbed a defibrillator and he was rushed to South Georgia Medical Center where he recovered.

South Health district officials want you to know about important updated guidelines in CPR.

"They've always emphasized airways first but now compressions are the things to remember," said Dr. William Grow of South Health District.

For those trained in CPR do chest compressions first then mouth to mouth. Dr. Grow says if you're not trained call 9-1-1 and do compressions until help arrives.

"It can work and it does work," said Dr. Grow.

Jay Davis is proof and hopes his lifesaver is watching.

"If she's out there listening, this is one happy thankful guy she saved my life," said Davis.

Others can be saved with the proper use of CPR.

Here's a press release from South Health District:

PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS REITERATE NEW CPR GUIDELINES From A-B-C to C-A-B

Valdosta, GA - Last year the American Heart Association updated the guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Public Health Officials in South Georgia want to reiterate the importance of healthcare professionals and lay rescuers knowing these updated guidelines.

 The major change is from airway-breathing-chest compressions (A-B-C) to chest compressions-airway-breathing (C-A-B). The new first step is doing chest compressions instead of first establishing the airway and then doing mouth to mouth. The new guidelines apply to adults, children, and infants but exclude newborns.

There were several reasons for the change: most survivors of adult cardiac arrest have an initial rhythm and these patients are best treated initially with chest compressions and early defibrillation rather than airway management. Airway management, whether mouth-to-mouth, bagging or endotracheal intubation, often results in delay of initiation of good chest compressions. Airway management is no longer recommended until after the first cycle of chest compressions.

Also, it is believed that a major obstacle to receiving bystander CPR is the fear of mouth-to-mouth breathing; therefore, by changing the initial focus of resuscitation to chest compressions, it is believed more patients will receive important bystander intervention.

Hands-only CPR is recommended for the untrained lay rescuers to avert their fears of mouth-to-mouth ventilations and to prevent delays/interruptions in compressions. Pulse checks by lay rescuers should not be attempted due to the frequency of false-positive findings.

Also, pulse checks by healthcare providers have been de-emphasized in importance due to inaccuracies that produc e prolonged interruptions in compressions.

 Step-by-step guide for CPR is: (1) call 911 or ask someone else to do so; (2) try to get the person to respond; if there is no response roll the person on their back; (3) start chest compressions; (4) press down so you can compress the chest at least 2 inches in adult and children, and 1.5 inches in infants; (5) if you are trained in CPR, you can now open the airway with a head tilt and chin lift; (6) pinch the nose of the victim closed; take a normal breath, cover the victim's mouth with yours, and then give two one-second breaths as  you watch for the chest to rise; (7) continue compressions and breaths (30 compressions, 2 breaths) until help arrives or until a defibrillator is ready.

 For more information visit www.heart.org/cpr.

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