Today, 30% of American adults are trained in CPR. But, our modern methods of CPR are relatively new, dating back to the mid- 20th century. Before the methods of CPR were formally accepted, a number of rescue efforts were performed that included warming the victim, applying pressure to the abdomen, and tickling the throat in attempts to restore a patient’s breathing. By studying cadavers, researchers learned that chest compressions and mouth to mouth respiration could effectively keep a person alive until more decisive medical assistance could be administered. The discovery has saved thousands of lives.
Whole body donors also play a vital role in the training of EMTs and first responders. Many emergency medical professionals learn how to perform life saving techniques on whole body donors before utilizing them in the field. This type of training better prepares them for facing a real-life emergency situation.
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