Originally Posted by Royal
When an adult suddenly collapses, trained or untrained
bystanders should—at a minimum—activate their community
emergency medical response system (eg, call 911) and
provide high-quality chest compressions by pushing hard and
fast in the center of the chest, minimizing interruptions (Class I).
Right. Without checking the airway, and without even checking to see if there is a pulse. Cadaver, party of one, your table is ready. Haven't they heard of fainting? Or choking? Not everyone who "suddenly collapses" is having a heart attack! Give chest compressions to someone who has only fainted and you can stop
their heart. Give chest compressions to someone who has a compromised airway (as from choking) and they'll be brain dead in about four minutes.