Perhaps the most popular life saving technique is cardiopulmonary resuscitation or commonly called CPR. It's a quick and easy way of saving lives. CPR is mostly applicable for conditions like near drowning or heart problems in which the victim has stopped responding and his/her breathing or heart beat has stopped. CPR is of great importance because it can revive the blood flow towards brain and bring back life into human body. It consists of repeated chest compressions and artificial ventilation to maintain blood flow and oxygenation during cardiac arrest.
Preforming CPR is not very difficult. You need to know a few things and be able to practically apply your knowledge at right time in a right way. Everyone can learn this advantageous technique in order to help others in emergency situations so, you do not need to worry if you are not a doctor or specialist but you still want to be helpful in such situations, because you can be.
The procedure is not very complicated. If you encounter an emergency situation where you see someone drowning or some random person falling due to unconsciousness, before initiating CPR try to check the victims breathing rate. If you do not feel any pulse then you must start CPR.
In its most basic form, CPR can be performed anywhere without the need of specialized equipment. Lay the patient in supine position on a flat and hard surface. Place the heel of one hand in the middle of the patient’s chest, more particularly on the center of sternum and the other hand on top of the first one. Now, begin giving forceful compressions by using your body weight. Make sure your arms are extended while compressing the chest. Each compression should be about 2 inches deep and you must perform 100 compressions per minute. After each compression let the patient’s chest recoil completely to begin the next one. You will need to push harder and faster. After every thirty compressions, tilt the victim’s head back with chin lifted up and pinch the nostrils with your fingers. Open his mouth and place your mouth tightly on top of his such that there is no gap or it is airtight sealed. Blow air into their mouth to make their chest rise. If the chest is not rising the patient might be choking on something which will need to be dislodged right away. Only after it's removal will artificial ventilation become effective. This is commonly called rescue breath. Rescue breaths or artificial ventilation can also be performed with bag valve mask (BVM). Give at least two rescue breaths and then continue doing chest compressions. Continue performing compressions and rescue breaths until there is a response from the victim or medical attendants have arrived at the scene.
Learning to perfectly apply these steps can make you ready to help someone who might get a second chance at life due to your assistance. You should never become afraid of helping others at a time of risk as you may be their only hope. If you find this procedure to challenging at this point it's probably time to pick up your phone and invite an on-site CPR training company to come to you or schedule at a local CPR group training center.
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