CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR )
Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate first aid from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help and most importantly save a life!
CPR is an emergency procedure for a person whose heart has stopped or is no longer breathing. CPR can maintain circulation and breathing until medical help arrives.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an emergency first aid technique of basic life support system that needs to be performed when a person suffers from cardiac arrest. It helps oxygenating the brain and heart and restoring the normal heart and lung functioning until a medical help arrives.
Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can highly increase the person’s chance of survival.
CHEST COMPRESSION (CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION)
To restore circulation with chest compressions
- Place the heel of one hand in the centre of the chest
- Place other hand on top
- Interlock fingers
- Compress the chest
- Rate: 100 compressions per min
- Depth: 5 cm (2 inches)
CONTINUE CPR UNTIL…
– Usually upto 6-10 mins after collapse
– Medical help arrives and takes over
– The victim starts breathing normally
Easier to learn and remember than traditional CPR
Freedom from mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, which usually makes the bystanders hesitant to perform CPR.
A timely intervention helps…
Studies have suggested that every passing 1 min delay in the treatment would decrease the survival chances of the victim by 10% .
Thus it is important to provide timely first aid to the victim in order to save their life.
CPR can be performed by any normal individual , and you do not have to be a medical professional or a certified trained personnel to do so !!!
Do not hesitate to perform CPR as a bad CPR is always better than No CPR and death ! Remember the procedure should be done continuously and nonstop.Thus as said “A stitch in time saves nine” ,your immediate action can save life.
Here are some points to tackle emergency:
– APPROACH SAFETY
– CHECK RESPONSE OF THE VICTIM
– SHOUT FOR HELP
– OPEN AIRWAY
– CHECK BREATHING
– 30 CHEST COMPRESSIONS
– 2 RESCUE BREATHS
Refer our CPR video to learn this technique and its principles in detail .