CPR in an emergency situation can be performed by you even if you haven’t taken a class or your certification has expired. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is easier and more effective than the methods of the past.
Presently, there are three effective ways to perform CPR in situations of cardiac arrest when, a person over-exerts themselves, or they have cardiovascular disease, or other unknown reasons and causes, which results in the person’s heart to stop beating or the person stops breathing.
CPR is Necessary!
In approximately four minutes, an individual can receive brain damage if he or she stops breathing or his or her heart stops beating. Their brain does not receive the oxygen needed to function properly. In addition, shortly after four minutes without receiving oxygen to the brain, the victim could die. However, even untrained individuals can save the lives of people by delivering CPR until experienced medical aid arrives.
The American Heart Association informs us that over 300,000 non-hospital cardiac arrest occur in the United States each year with over 80% of all cardiac arrest happening at home. Chances are, if you know how to perform CPR, you might save the life of a family member or someone you love and care about.
In 2011, the American Heart Association determined that by merely watching a 60 second video about compression-only CPR, the information presented in the video provides enough “awareness and confidence to perform CPR in an emergency.”
Take the time to watch this short video. If you’re ever faced with a cardiac arrest emergency, call 911 and then execute CPR as best you can; it buys time for the victim and performing even a little CPR is better than not doing anything at all.
You can find more valuable information at the American Heart Association’s website. While it’s important for you to know and understand the basics of “hands-only CPR,” it’s equally as important that your family, friends, and co-workers are informed, as well. Take the time to learn more and share it with your family, friends, and co-workers. You might save someone’s life.