But this widely accepted life-saving technique is now being questioned by doctors and researchers. The BBC reports on a Japanese study that says mouth-to-mouth is unnecessary, and many people are afraid of catching something from the mouth-to-mouth recipient, which may have reduced the likelihood that someone will help a fallen bystander. The story says less than one-third of people who collapse in public receive aid.
However, can medical professionals, through any study or educational campaign, de-program people who have been taught mouth-to-mouth as part of their CPR training? Can people who haven’t been professionally trained come to terms with a CPR procedure sans the “kiss of life” after watching decades of nearly-dead TV characters live for another season with its use? It’s become a remedy that people rely on irrespective of its effectiveness, like chicken soup.