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Red Cross Doesn't Plan to Change CPR Practice

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YAKIMA, Wa -  Two recent studies say mouth to mouth resuscitation may not be helpful in CPR.

A little over a year ago, the American Heart Association revised CPR guidelines to put more emphasis on chest compressions.

The local Red Cross in Yakima follows those guidelines, but CPR instructors say they have no plans to abandon mouth to mouth entirely.

"We're not planning on changing it.  We'll stay with the more traditional approach at the Red Cross as we have for years.  As far as we know, no one is planning on doing it differently," says Brenda Setterlund, Health and Safety Manager at the Yakima Red Cross.

Setterlund says the only time the Red Cross recommends no mouth to mouth in CPR is when the person administering it has no experience.

They say in those instances, it's best to just give chest compressions until a proffessional can arrive on scene.