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Imagine being at your favorite restaurant. As the night falls and the bill been paid, you walk outside to find it raining. You stand alongside the street hoping a cab will see you and pull over to let you in. After trying for what seems like an eternity a yellow car darts your direction and screech’s to a halt. This CAB saved your night.

Much like the rain, and the dark night, there are always obstacles to providing care. Obstacles can include bystanders, no second-rescuer, scene safety, or even multiple victims. And just like being at your favorite place…an emergency can happen anywhere. And when tragedy strikes a CAB just might save you.

Starting compressions first, offers fewer delays in chest compressions. Compressions are vital for keeping oxygen-rich blood circulating through your body. Oxygen can be used by your brain and vital organs to keep you alive.

While airway and breathing are important steps they often take time away from the delivery of compressions and can lessen the chance of survival. Another key point is there may be fear of putting their mouth over a stranger’s mouth. Like getting in a dark cab, sometimes the fear can stop somebody from performing CPR.

Overall, the sequence changing promotes life. The change will prevent interruptions of valuable time. Good, strong compressions are sufficient to keep somebody alive until help arrives…or until that cab comes crashing around the corner.

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