This is a post I've been wanting to write for a while and since the Nikon is recharging from its busy Halloween weekend away this seems as good a day as any.
This is probably somewhat controversial and maybe you might disagree but I thought I'd put it up anyway because you never know who it may help along the way.
After watching a special on the H1N1 virus on CNN the other night (or something not Backyardigans, can't remember exactly) I learned there was a "new" way to perform CPR. Have you heard this too? It's basically ditching the breathing for chest compressions only. You do not stop the chest compressions to breathe into the victim's body. Instead you just keep pumping their heart with all your worth (literally, you should break a sweat quickly and keep going) until the paramedics arrive to take over for you. The idea is that there is enough oxygenated blood in your system (after your heart stops beating) to keep your heart and your brain alive for up to 8-10 minutes if that blood is circulated for you by way of chest compressions. There is a lot of other medical lingo to go along w/this explanation so I'll leave that link here for you to read instead of me possibly getting something wrong in the translation.
And if you're a more visual kind of learner, here's the video to go along with the article.
Hope none of you will ever have the occasion to put this to the test but at least we don't have to panic when we can't remember how many breaths to chest compressions. This approach to CPR makes it less complicated and that's never a bad thing.