What is Reverse CPR?

Kurtis Quillin reports

TEMPLE - A hero in Georgia.

When a little girl was choking, her parents tried CPR, but she didn't respond.  That's when Officer Kenneth Knox too action in Georgia, saving the little girl's life.

But Knox said online he performed "Reverse CPR" on the infant.  According to the Temple Fire Department, that's not a term the American Heart Association teaches.

"Nowhere in the curriculum from American Heart Association, on adult,  child or infant, is the rescuer instructed to remove by sucking the object out," Thomas Pechal from the Temple Fire Department said.  

Instead, Pechal said to perform the Heimlich if they're conscious.  For adults and children, make a fist and wrap your other hand around them below the rib cage.  Thrust in and upward to try to dislodge the object.  For infants, place them in your lap with their head below their feet and do five "back slaps" alternated with five chest compressions, but with two fingers instead of the heel of your hand.

The term "Reverse CPR" comes from a 2003 Johns Hopkins study where they tried performing CPR on patients lying on their stomachs.  The 2003 study isn't being taught in the American Heart Association, and child care providers aren't trained to do it, either.

"I require CPR and first air for all my employees," Kidz Stop Child Care Owner and Director Willeatha Marriott said.  "[The State doesn't] require that, they only require one person in the building.  But you never know when you might have to use it."

And her staff continues to update their training every two years.

"We do everything through the American Heart Association," Marriott said.  "They come out and train us and do all our training."

And while they hope they never have to use these techniques, sometimes it happens.

"Somebody literally turned blue and went into a seizure and then a coma," Marriott said.

And at point, only one thing matters,

"The end result is we have a 2-month-old who is now alive because somebody too action," Pechal said.

The American Heart Association and American Red Cross are two organizations who provide CPR training.  Pechal said the Temple Fire Department does conduct "hands-only" CPR training for the public that doesn't involve ventilating.  For that information, call the Temple Fire Department at 254-298-5682.


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