CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, CPR is a life-saving emergency procedure that uses chest compressions and rescue breathing in cases where a patient's heart stopped beating, or they aren't breathing, including Cardiac Arrest.
The use of CPR keeps oxygenated blood pumping to the brain and other organs until emergency officials arrive.
The use of CPR and double a person's chance at survival, performing CPR, and using an AED if its available can be the difference between surviving or not in many cases. An AED increases the patient's chance of survival by up to 60% or more. Each minute that goes by without the use of an AED during SCA, the rate of survival goes down by 10%.
It is crucial to act as quickly as possible in the event someone needs CPR or an AED. If possible, assign someone to call 911 and go and get the AED. If no one else is around, call 911 and get the AED before you begin CPR.
Most AED's provide audio and visual prompts for instructions and help with CPR compressions.
How Do You Perform CPR?
Tap them on the shoulder and ask, "Are You Ok?"
If you are alone, call 911 and retrieve the AED if available.
If you are using an AED, follow the instructions included and use the AED first.
Using an AED
Steps Of CPR
Interlock your fingers by placing the heel of your other hand on top of the other side. Keep your arms straight; keep your fingers raised, so they do not touch the patient.
Do compressions with force and speed. Compressions should be 2" deep and done at a pace of 100 compressions a minute. If you are giving rescue breaths, do 30 compressions, and then deliver two rescue breaths.
If you are CPR trained or familiar with the process, you may perform rescue breaths; otherwise, continue with CPR compressions.