Imagine you are eating dinner with your family at a local restaurant and just minding your own business when suddenly a person on another table collapses and stops breathing and requires CPR. Would you know what to do in that situation? Okay so maybe nothing that dramatic will happen to you but learning to perform CPR is still an important and valuable skill to have. Many people have no idea what CPR entails and even I didn’t know any other details than having to push down on the victim’s chest. So I thought it would be interesting to do a little research and learn some of the basic CPR procedures. Keep in mind though that this is not an actual course so it is better to learn from a professional who knows CPR and can teach it in depth. Also known as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR is used when people are in cardiac arrest which is when the heart stops pumping blood and the person is unable to breathe. That is when CPR is given which consists of rescue breathing and chest compressions. Although there is no replacement for CPR training courses taught by professionals there are a few tips that can help you if you are ever in a similar situation. Unfortunately I didn’t have CPR test dummy just lying around in my room so I’m going to show you the steps using my Elmo here. For the situation mentioned before in which a person suddenly collapses, there are a number of steps to follow when performing CPR. First and foremost call 911 to notify medics. Hello I have an emergency; a person has just collapsed in front of me. Please come quick. It is better to use a landline if possible because medics can trace the call better than with a cell phone. Remember to follow any instructions given to you by the medics. Then try to wake the person up. (Shake elmo)
But if there is no response begin chest compressions. To do this you have to place the heel of your hand in the middle of the chest and then put your other hand on top with the fingers interlocked like this....
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