Knowing CPR can save someone’s life. If you have never attended CPR training before, you should think about going. If you have gone, and you need a bit of a refresher course, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll give you some expert tips on how to practice CPR in the case of an emergency.
#1: Phone the Authorities
Firstly, you’ll need to call 911. It’s important to note that in most cases, adults will suffer from cardiac arrest and children and infants from respiratory arrest. Call 911 while you are busy performing CPR and put your phone on speaker while you are busy.
#2: Start the Basics
You need to find the line where the nipples are, and then move down just a smidgen. From here, you have to perform about 30 compressions and give two breaths. Continue the process until the person starts breathing again. Be careful not to press on the ribs and focus on the breastbone.
#3: The Hands-Only Technique
You can use the hands-only technique when performing arrest on adults and young children. This means you’ll perform chest compressions at the rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute. This will ensure that the blood continues to flow.
#4: Mouth-to-Mouth Technique
When performing compression on infants, use the mouth-to-mouth technique. You can however use it on adults and children too. When performing CPR on infants, you’ll have to breathe into the nose and the mouth. On adults and children, be sure to pinch the nose and be sure that the chest expands.
#5: Different Pressure Techniques
The pressure technique you use will depend on the age of the patient. If you are performing CPR on an adult, you’ll use the palms of both your hands. When doing CPR on an infant, you’ll use index and middle fingers to compress the chest, and with children, you’ll use only one palm.
#6: Keep to the Beat of ‘Stayin Alive’
As noted earlier, chest compressions should be given at rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute. This is coincidentally the same beat as the Bee Gees hit single “Stayin Alive”. Not sure how the beat goes? Simply count like this: “one and two and three and four”.
#7: Repeat and Continue
Following these basic steps, continue until the patient starts breathing by himself or until the medics arrive at the scene. Remember to remain calm and focus on the basic steps you should take when performing CPR, and you should do fine.
Are you ready to perform CPR when disaster strikes? We hope these tips have refreshed your mind and that you will now be able to remain calm and stick to these basics. Who knows, you might be able to save someone’s life by doing CPR.