Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR for short) is preformed when someones heartbeat or breathing has stopped.
You may be “called to action” if someone nearby has been electrocuted, is having a heart attack, or drowning; and you are the only one who can save them… can you remember the quick CPR steps? No worries, here is a quick summary of how to preform CPR.
Here’s advice from the American Heart Association:
Untrained. If you’re not trained in CPR, then provide hands-only CPR. That means uninterrupted Chest Compressions of about 100 a minute until paramedics arrive (described in more detail below). You don’t need to try rescue breathing.
Trained and ready to go. If you’re well-trained and confident in your ability, begin with Chest compressions instead of first checking the airway and doing rescue breathing. Start CPR with 30 chest compressions before checking the airway and giving rescue breaths.
Trained but rusty. If you’ve previously received CPR training but you’re not confident in your abilities, then just do chest compressions at a rate of about 100 a minute. (Details described below.) Also, contact San Diego Cardiac for a quick “refresher” course, we would be happy to help… and it could save a life.
The above advice applies to adults, children and infants needing CPR, but not newborns.
Helpful Links: Here is a link to a very helpful article on preforming CPR in more detail. The article also describes CPR on infants and more: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cpr/basics/art-20056600
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