The available published data reveals conflicting evidence of benefit vs no benefit for compression only CPR. Strategies to improve the number of cardiac arrest patients’ receiving bystander should be encouraged but not to the abandonment of conventional CPR. Compression only CPR should be viewed as the first resuscitation step which should be followed as soon as possible by rescue breathing and other basic life support interventions.

The Australian Resuscitation Council continues to hold the view that any attempt at resuscitation is better than no attempt, and if rescuers are unwilling or unable to do rescue breathing they should do chest compressions only. If chest compressions only are given, they should be continuous at a rate of approximately 100/min

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