What is CPR?
Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation is a technique to assist a person’s heart in pumping blood around the body.
When a patient suffers cardiac arrest (stoppage of the heart) for various reasons, CPR may assist in pumping oxygen-rich blood around the body and, most importantly to the brain. By performing CPR while awaiting an ambulance, you can greatly improve the chances of survival.
How do I perform CPR?
Traditional CPR includes the application of chest compressions and breaths to provide both a pumping action and oxygenation of the blood. Recently, “hands-only” or “compression-only” CPR has become popular due to its ease in teaching (15-20 minute training) and the general publics’ increased willingness to perform CPR if not having to do breaths.
It is important to note that traditional CPR (compressions and breaths) still is the best choice for improving chances of survival, especially when treating children. Children who suffer cardiac arrest usually do so due to a lack of oxygen, and providing breaths until the ambulance arrives is very important. For this reason, anyone who is willing and able should obtain full training in traditional CPR.