Nowadays, it is of utmost importance to always be prepared for absolutely anything. This is because we are all living in an increasingly unpredictable world that is full of perils. In times of emergency, proper preparation and training are of utmost importance. If one were to look at things from this perspective, CPR (also known as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in technical terms) should be a skill that every one of us needs to possess. This is because CPR readiness is an incredible asset when it comes to emergency situations. This will also apply in the standard child care first aid emergencies.
[note color=”#80d385″]When To Perform CPR[/note]
CPR is performed when a victim has stopped breathing heart or if their heart has stopped beating. This can occur for any number of reasons. For instance, there are some health conditions like sudden onset of cardiac arrest that can make a heart stop beating. Accidents can also happen unexpectedly.
This is the very nature of emergencies. One can never really predict when such things will occur. This is what makes knowledge of CPR so crucial. The following section presents all the necessary steps to perform CPR.
[note color=”#80d385″]Performing CPR[/note]
The first thing that needs to be done is to place the victim on their back. Make sure that they are on the top of a surface firm enough to fold their weight. Then, you will need to open up the airway by tilting the person’s head back. If this does not restore their breathing, then perhaps it’s time to perform the CPR procedure itself.
Start by giving the victim 2 rescue breaths, with each lasting 1 second. Make sure to pinch the victim’s nose as you breathe into their mouth. This is done in order to ensure that air is not able to escape as you administer rescue breaths. Remember to allot a 5 second interval between breaths. Contrary to popular belief, there is no need to take deep breaths when performing this step of the CPR procedure.
Next, you will need to perform chest compressions. This is done by placing one hand on the victim’s sternum and placing your other hand on top of it. This part of the procedure is done hard and fast. Make sure that you apply enough pressure so that the victim’s chest sinks by at least 2 inches. Between compressions, allow the chest to come back up again. For optimal results, the compressions should follow a rate no less than 2 pumps per second.[box title=”CPR training video – First Aid Safetycare Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation” color=”#333333″][/box]
CPR follows a cycle of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths. This is to be done until the victim has been successfully revived or until emergency workers arrive. A quick reaction time is what separates life and death.
[note color=”#80d385″]Taking CPR Classes[/note]
This article presented a detailed description of the entire CPR procedure. However, readers would do well to remember that articles like these are for information purposes only and are by no means a substitute to actual First Aid and CPR classes and emergency childcare training as well. Taking the classes taught by emergency workers and health professionals is still the best course of action.