Mouth-to-Mouth Puts Lives at Risk – Performing Only Chest Compressions is More Effective at Saving Lives

mouth to mouth resuscitation

There are fears that mouth-to-mouth resuscitation could hinder heart attack patients’ chances of survival

Skip the ‘kiss’ when giving the kiss of life, doctors advise, as study reveals performing only chest compressions is more effective at saving lives  An analysis of three research trials found that cardiopulmonary resuscitation was more effective when the time consuming mouth-to-mouth breaths were missed out.

Robotic System That Will Operate On A Beating Heart

Robotic System That Will Operate On A Beating Heart 

This device lets surgeons attach small anchors to tissue inside a beating heart by compensating for the heart’s movement. 

Fixing the heart is hard. Certain procedures have to be performed on a stationary organ, so the heart is stopped and the patient put on a cardiopulmonary bypass machine. But stopping the heart increases the risk of brain damage. Now researchers at Harvard University and Children’s Hospital Boston are testing a robotic system that could help surgeons perform a common valve repair while the heart beats on. The system uses 3-D ultrasound images to predict and compensate for the motion of the heart so that the surgeon can work on a patient’s mitral valve as it moves.

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