Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is one of the most basic forms of training an individual can receive to assist a victim during an emergency. Understanding how CPR can be effective during an emergency is important. Training in CPR can make a big difference in the survival rate of a victim.
Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about CPR.
What is CPR?
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is the process of using chest compressions along with breaths to restore a victim’s heartbeat and breathing. CPR is performed when a victim has stopped breathing and he or she has no pulse. CPR provides a continuous flow of oxygen and blood throughout the body. Our brains can only survive 5 minutes without oxygen without doing permanent damage. CPR can double the survival rate of a victim that has no pulse and has stopped breathing.
What are the current CPR guidelines?
Currently, the American Heart Association recommends that a responder use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation along with chest compressions to perform proper CPR. The AHA guidelines recommend two breaths to 30 chest compressions. Of course, the AHA guidelines are updated every 5 years to increase the rate of survival from using CPR. If you are a responder and you are unable or unwilling to provide breaths to the victim, then the AHA recommends doing a chest compressions only method. The chest compressions only method still gives the victim a fighting chance at survival.
What is the purpose of CPR Training?
CPR is a simple procedure that can be performed by anyone, but with proper training the responder has a better chance of helping the victim to survive. Being prepared for any situation whether it is an emergency or non-emergency is important. CPR Training is one of the most basic methods of rescue that any individual could be prepared for. Anyone can be a victim of drowning, sudden cardiac arrest, or other medical condition which can cause the heart to stop. With CPR Training, a responder will learn how to perform effective chest compressions to keep blood and oxygen flowing to the brain and to give breaths that keep oxygen in the lungs.
Do you or your organization need CPR Training?
AEDSHOP.com offers a variety of life saving courses to equip individuals with the knowledge of how to aid a victim during an emergency. AEDSHOP.com's parent company, HeartSafe America, is an official American Heart Association Training Site that trains individuals as well as large organizations in life saving courses.