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The program's resuscitation protocol has come under scrutiny for its decision to include chest compressions but exclude mouth-to-mouth ventilations, as most other naloxone programs teach a rescue protocol incorporating ventilations without chest compressions.
Pepe emphasized that stopping chest compressions frequently to perform mouth-to-mouth ventilation can restrict the blood flow to the heart itself, which diminishes the chances of restoring an adequate heartbeat.
The researchers note that mouth-to-mouth ventilation is frequently not performed or done poorly outside the hospital.