COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Watching the movies, you’d think it was failsafe.
But reality is, CPR isn’t as life-saving as Hollywood would lead us to believe.
Some studies reveal a depressing statistic: those who receive CPR alone by a bystander have a 2% chance of surviving. Other studies put that chance higher, at 16% -- barely enough crack the double-digit mark.
Matthew Reeves, a training specialist with the American Red Cross, says the numbers are deceiving.
"Statistically speaking, ‘success’ of CPR is relatively low. But unfortunately they lump in near-drownings with multiple cardiac incidents and a life-long smoker," says Reeves.
Even so, should the method change? Are chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth the best science can offer?
Every five years, Emergency Cardiac Conference members convene to look at the data from the previous five years to determine if any changes should be made to CPR training. The last conference was 2015.
“We are doing the absolute best that science tells us to do,” says Reeves.
Current CPR training includes 30 chest compressions per two breaths, although, in recent years, scientists have placed more focus on the importance of chest compressions. Automated External Defibrillator training is now coupled with any CPR training class.