EUGENE, Ore. -- What once was considered the standard for emergency responders has recently evolved … or devolved as the case may be. ACT-C3 is being heralded as the new CPR, only there is nothing new about it.
Emergency medical teams discovered a lack of blood flow to a subjects brain when undergoing during mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. More lives were saved when responders performed chest compressions alone.
Josh Moore, program coordinator for ACT-C3, said that he expects to see a radical improvement if more people start using the new method.
"We went from 12% survival to a 50% survival rate, just in our changes." said Moore.
On Saturday, Moore organized a group of 45 volunteers from the National Honor Society to learn, perfect and perform the procedure for 7th graders in the Eugene and Springfield school districts. He hopes that getting the word out about ACT-C3 will save more lives.
This group of High-Schoolers watched a video to learn the new act-c3 method before practicing their techniques on inflatable dummies.
"That first link in the chain of survival is getting the public to recognize cardiac arrest, activate 9-1-1, and and start chest comp." Moore said.
Moore added that oftentimes cardiac arrest patients don't receive CPR before the ambulance arrives. Part of the project is aimed at arming these kids with the knowledge to start CPR themselves.
The 7th graders taught must also complete a project as part of their training. The winning group will go to McKenzie Willamette Medical Center to watch an open heart surgery take place.