In a recent publication in Lancet it was found that those who received chest compression only CPR actually had better outcomes if performed in the first 12 hour. It appears there is a "golden window" of 12 minutes which perfusion is much more important than oxygenation. This has turned the CPR world on its head. I am posting this here, not because there is some genetic twist. I post it to hopefully save a life or two. There have been several publications linking fear of catching a transmissible disease and decreased desire to perform CPR. Here's the good news: Compressions work just as well if not better initially.
The Gene Sherpa says: Scared of mouth to mouth? Just give compressions and call 911.