Just imagine that you are sitting with one of your family members and suddenly, they clutch their chest and fall over. You are panicked and you notice they are not breathing. Would you know what to do?
Over the weekend I re-certified in CPR, and it still amazes me how many people do not know CPR. It is so important to know how to do CPR and first aid.
What is CPR?
CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. I know big words so we will just stick with CPR. It is a combination of providing chest compression and breaths, until first responders arrive.
How does it work?
Whenever someone requires CPR their heart is not working properly and there for unable to pump blood throughout the body. There is only a very brief time frame that the brain can go without oxygen before a person can have irreversible brain damage. By performing CPR, you are pumping blood to the vital organs of the body. Until the malfunction in the heart can be corrected.
Why is it important to you?
Knowing CPR is important for you to know because you never know when you will need to use it. Obviously working on an ambulance, I have been in many situations where I have needed to use CPR. However, for most people that is not the case. When someone needs CPR, there is only a short amount of time to act. When someone starts CPR before the ambulance gets there that person’s chance of survival is much higher. As a mother, I had a close call when my oldest was young. We were at a restaurant and he started choking on a chip. I pulled him out of the high chair his face was turning blue and I hit him on the back five times and the chip came out. This was probably the scariest 30 seconds of my entire life. This just goes to show that you never know when you will need to know how to do CPR. So go and contact your local hospital, or red cross and go and take a CPR class today. For my fellow military families, they offer free CPR on almost every post. Go and learn to save a life so you can be there when it counts.