Anyone can learn CPR and probably should. According to the American Heart Association, “70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed.” Cardiac arrest can happen in the grocery store, in the office or at home. And what we must remember is that any CPR is better than no CPR. And worse, the chance of the person surviving drops 10 percent every minute that CPR is delayed. Of course you should call for help first, but if EMS doesn’t arrive within four minutes, brain damage is already starting. If you want to be a lifesaver, you need to learn Chest Compression Only CPR.
Here’s the good news. To raise the percentage of bystander assistance in the event of cardiac arrest, new CPR guidelines now state that Chest Compression Only CPR should be used. After all, CPR requires a lot of self-assurance. It requires the confidence that as a bystander, you can save somebody’s life in case of emergency. Chest Compression Only CPR requires no breath-to-breath action, and is now enforced to increase the number of people who do not have medical training to aid.
The problem with breath-to-breath CPR is that people get fearful. They either don’t want to do it or fear they are not doing it properly. With the sad statistic of only 1 in 3 people being helped by a bystander, health professionals have decided to alter the CPR policy making it uncomplicated for the general population. By learning the basics of Chest Compression Only CPR, you can help raise this statistic and become a lifesaver.
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How To Preform Chest Compression Only CPR:
ACLS Medical Training says, “Place your hands in the center of the victim’s chest, at the base of the rib cage. A chest compression means pressing down two inches. A chest compression squishes the heart and pushes blood through the body. Let the chest bounce back all the way. This lets blood fill the heart again. Keep doing this quickly—100 times a minute.”
Check out the infographic below to learn the basics of ByStander CPR and gain the confidence that when put in the situation, you could potentially save a life.
(Want to take the full course and become CPR certified; check out online CPR training and certification courses.)