Response to comments & questions regarding compression only CPR depicted in the Shock Verdict video.
The Shock Verdict video is a public health awareness campaign aimed at untrained bystanders to encourage them that any attempt at resuscitation is better than no attempt.
Untrained bystanders have by definition no training in the delivery of rescue breaths or other aspects of Basic Life Support.
We believe that rescue breaths need to be formally taught by accredited trainers and could not be reliably conveyed or learned via a public health awareness campaign video.
Shock Verdict is an extension of the Vinnie Jones Campaign that was evidence based following studies in the US comparing compression only CPR with traditional CPR.
To be very clear – a trained responder – if willing and able can choose to give rescue breaths during CPR.
However trained responders when they have no access to personal protective equipment or breathing devices, often choose not to give rescue breaths to victims of cardiac arrest.
The critical message conveyed in the Shock Verdict Public Awareness video is …. by providing compressions only – any attempt at resuscitation is better than no attempt.
Chair – Australian Resuscitation Council – Tasmania Branch