Is there benefit in untrained providers performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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Attempting to perform CPR is better than doing nothing at all, even if the provider is unsure if he or she is doing it correctly. This especially applies to many people’s aversion to providing mouth-to-mouth ventilations. If one does not feel comfortable giving ventilations, chest compressions alone are still better than doing nothing.


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