Topics: Emergency medical services, First aid, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation Pages: 1 (269 words) Published: March 5, 2013
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that is performed on people who are suffering from cardiac arrest. The purpose of CPR is to provide a flow of oxygenated blood to the brain until other procedures can be performed to restore the person's heartbeat and breathing. After more than about five minutes without oxygen, the human brain can suffer permanent damage, so this procedure increases a person's chances of making a full recovery. By itself, CPR is rarely enough for the person to survive, because it typically does not restore the person's heartbeat. Rather, this procedure typically is done as first aid to temporarily keep blood flowing to the brain until emergency responders arrive and can begin treating the person. STAR OF LIFE

The Star of Life is a blue, six-pointed star, outlined with a white border which features therod of Asclepius in the center, originally designed and governed by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (under the United States Department of Transportation, DOT). Traditionally in the United States the logo was used as a stamp of authentication or certification for ambulances, paramedics or other EMS personnel. Internationally, it represents emergency medical services (EMS) units and personnel. WHAT IS FIRST LIFE

First response personnel Emergency medicine A person employed in the public sector–EMT, fire fighter, police, volunteer EMS–whose duties include provision of immediate medical care in the event of an emergency; FRs have basic emergency care equipment, O2 and mask combinations, tools for extrication–eg Excaliber, Jaws of life, and defibrillators. See ACLS, CPR. Cf EMT, Good Samaritan laws.
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