Many people when faced with an emergency situation would like to help but don't always feel qualified or capable enough to do so. There is good news with the release of this How To Video about an easier way of carrying out a lifesaving procedure.
What research has discovered
Studies have found that bystanders who perform continuous-chest-compression CPR in place of traditional CPR (with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation) save more lives. For example, adults who experienced cardiac arrest in a non-hospital setting, such as a restaurant or mall, were 60% more likely to survive if they received continuous-chest-compression CPR than if they received traditional CPR or no CPR until an emergency medical services or paramedic crew arrived at the scene.
You can find out more about the procedure from this video here.
Please take the time to check it out because it could save the life of a complete stranger or someone near and dear to you.
Anyone can carry out the procedure as you do not need to be certified
Just follow these simple steps
- Make sure the patient is on his back on a hard surface.
- Check for any responsiveness and if none, get someone to call 911 – be aware that gasping for breath is a sign of cardiac arrest.
- Do not remove any clothing.
- Place the heel of your one hand on the patient's chest (the area between the nipples) with the heel of your second hand on top.
- Lock your elbows so that your shoulders do the hard work.
- Lean over the patient and with a falling movement, start pumping quickly.
To get an idea of how fast you need to work, hum the disco golden oldie “Stayin' Alive
” by the Bee Gees (appropriate in many ways) and you will get a rhythm of some 100 times per minute which is perfect timing.
Don't stop, but if you get tired ask someone else to take over on the other side of the patient to give you a break.
The advantages of this procedure
By this lifesaving action, you will be squeezing the heart and making it beat so that with your rapid pumping action, you will be sending blood to the brain.
Another big advantage of continuous-chest-compression CPR is that it is easier to learn and many non medical people will be more willing to perform it because it does not involve any mouth-to-mouth technique which they can often be unhappy to do especially on strangers.
Just a word of warning
Regular mouth-to-mouth CPR and not
continuous-chest-compression CPR is for unresponsiveness in young children (age 8 or under) and respiratory arrest caused by drowning or drug overdose.