CPR through history

Attempts to resuscitate patients have changed dramatically throughout history with each version developed in hope of saving lives.


Today, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known by the acronym CPR, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival -- if it is given immediately.



FLAGELLATION METHOD

EARLY AGES - FLAGELLATION METHOD Rescuers whipped the victim with stinging nettles or struck with their hands or wet cloth to stimulate a response.


HEAT METHOD

EARLY AGES - HEAT METHOD Warm ashes, hot water, burning dried animal excreta - anything hot - applied to abdomen of victim was thought to restore heat and life to cold body.


BELLOWS METHOD

1530 - BELLOWS METHOD Fireplace bellows first used by the Swiss physician Paracelsus to introduce air into lungs. Variations used in Europe for 300 years.


INVERSION METHOD

1770 - INVERSION METHOD Lowering body expelled air from lungs. Inspiration resulted when pressure removed by lifting victim. Used in England, Europe and America with success in drowning cases.


INVERSION METHOD

1773 - BARREL METHOD Barrel movement back caused compression of chest for expiration. Barrel movement forward released pressure for inspiration. Used before 1767; may still be seen along waterfronts.


RUSSIAN METHOD

1803 - RUSSIAN METHOD Successful resuscitation by burial in snow. Modification was burying victim upright with head and chest exposed, water dashed on face.


TROTTING HORSE METHOD

1812 - TROTTING HORSE METHOD Body in contact with horse compressed chest and forced air out. When bounced off horse, chest expanded, air entered lungs. Used on European inland waterways in drowning cases.


LEROY METHOD

1829 - LEROY METHOD First use of supine position. Pressure applied over chest and abdomen for expiration. Release of pressure caused inspiration.