Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the 2nd link in the Cardiac Chain of Survival. By performing chest compressions and providing rescue breaths, CPR helps to preserve brain function when a person is unconscious and not breathing.
CPR could be necessary in situations such as:
– Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)
– Unconscious Choking
– Drug Overdose
– Heart-related medical conditions
For a person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, CPR is necessary to buy time and an AED should be used to restore a normal heart rhythm. Performing immediate CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chances of survival. By providing quality chest compressions, a rescuer does the work of the heart and lungs, circulating the oxygen-rich blood to the brain, keeping vital organs alive.
Anyone can perform CPR, however with training, potential rescuers are better prepared, more confident and more efficient at providing high-quality CPR.
– Untrained rescuers (or trained rescuers without a breathing barrier) can perform “Hands-Only CPR”
– Press down hard in center of chest (at least 2 inches on adults)
– Press fast, 100-120 times per minute (like to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive”)
– Continuous cycles of 30 compressions and 2 breaths until person starts breathing, EMS arrive or you are unable to continue.
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