Basic CPR Instructions
Imagine for a moment that you’re walking down a city street and a man falls down in front of you.
He is not breathing and has no pulse. His wife is frantically shouting for someone to help him and someone to save his life. A speedy response by YOU with CPR will provide the necessary oxygen to keep him alive.
CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a powerful lifesaving technique that is used on people experiencing cardiac arrest. CPR allows you to literally pump the blood and breathe life into a person, so that YOU can keep someone alive until expert help arrives.
Remember this important CPR fundamental:
CPR replaces the basic functions of the heart and lungs by replicating the heartbeat (60-100 per minute) and the breath rate (4-6 per minute).
Please watch the video, because if you are prepared with even this basic level of CPR training you can dramatically save a life!
Basic CPR is composed of two components:
- CHEST COMPRESSIONS – The CPR provider uses their hands to put rhythmic compressions into the chest wall, near the heart. Chest compressions massage the heart and replicate the function of the heart in pumping oxygen-rich blood to the brain.
- ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION – The CPR provider does what a person’s unresponsive lungs cannot. The air you breathe into their lungs oxygenates the haemoglobin in the blood.
The main purpose of CPR is to sustain life until emergency services arrive to help. Doing CPR incorrectly is better than doing nothing at all. Just keep doing it until help arrives.
And finally, book yourself into a First aid/CPR course and become proficient in all aspects of first aid. You may never have a need use the training, but on the other hand you may need it to save a family members life.
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