CPR is one of the most basic lifesaving techniques that you can learn, and it’s something that you can use in a variety of situations to help someone’s life. CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and it can help kick start the heart of someone who has passed out or is suffering from cardiac arrest because it helps to keep blood flowing to the heart and to the brain.
People of all ages can experience cardiac arrest for a variety of reasons, including choking, electrocution, or even drowning, and knowing CPR can help you greatly improve a person’s chance of survival.
When should CPR be applied?
If you notice that someone is unresponsive, your immediate responsibility is to call 911 and get medical professionals on scene. If you know CPR, you can perform CPR until the medical professionals arrive, and this can greatly improve a person’s chance for survival. The American Heart Association has stated that when a person goes into cardiac arrest, survival will typically only occur if they receive immediate CPR. The longer they go without CPR, the less likely they are to survive.
How do I learn CPR?
There are a variety of different places where you can learn to perform CPR. Many local hospitals will provide training to anyone interested in learning the technique, and your local community center may also provide safety courses that will teach you the right way to perform the medical technique.
Taking a CPR course is important because it provides you with the hands-on experience of learning the technique, which is more valuable and more educational than trying to read up on how to perform it. Seeing a professional show you what to do in a situation will help you perform the technique properly.
What’s involved with CPR?
The basics of CPR include giving mouth-to-mouth breathing as well as chest compressions, but if done incorrectly, you could do more harm than good. This is why you should never try to perform CPR based on what you’ve seen on television and instead should get yourself professionally trained. This way, if you are ever placed in the situation where you need to perform CPR, you will know the right way to do so and help improve the chances of survival for the individual.
Why should I learn CPR?
Even if you’re not in the medical field, learning CPR is important because you never know when someone may need your help. It’s very important for parents of young children to learn CPR so that they can protect their child in case of an emergency, but anyone can learn how to perform CPR. In some states, anyone as young as 12 years old can take a CPR safety course in order to be trained in the technique, and completion of the course will provide you with certification. If you are ever in public and notice that someone needs CPR, you can help keep them alive until the medical professionals arrive.
Lauren Williams is a medical nurse from Boston. She enjoys writing and has currently been blogging and teaching classes on how to do CPR.