CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a technique by which individual can actually help patient to restore his or her cardiac and lung functions after it has stopped due to unknown and unwanted cases like accidents, medical conditions, and other emergency cases. Let’s learn more about it.
CPR Basics I:
This skill should be known by any individual as it is a very important lifesaving procedure. But there is a training that needs to be taken in order for you to master CPR skill.
Why is it important?
CPR is important as you will never know when you will encounter accidents or emergencies. You may be the only one at the spot to help the patient. So be prepared and you can act immediately.
Why do CPR?
It can help restore cardiovascular function and restore breathing. This is especially helpful for emergencies and can help save lives and increase chances of survival for most cases.
Can CPR revive someone?
It is definitely useful in reviving a person. Normally once you have restored the cardiac and lung functions, a person will get back to conscious within minutes unless it is a much more severe case which warrants ACLS.
How does it restart the heart?
The compressions you give to the heart stimulates the beating and it also does manual pumping initially. This can jump starts the heart back into a rhythm.
CPR Basics II:
CPR should be performed for any situation where a patient has lost vital signs such as breathing and pulse. For example, for drowned patients, cardiac arrests, heart failure and even those patients who have stop breathing.
Should I do CPR if there is a pulse?
If there is no breathing, but weak pulse, CPR should still be performed.
Where should it be performed?
CPR can be performed anywhere, but the important thing is to do it properly and observe the basic requirements like adequate room and air space.
Should family be present during CPR?
Families are not required to be present on the spot as sometimes they can also become hindrances to the situation. But if the family is calm enough to assess the situation and not impede the CPR care, then it is not a problem.
When to stop?
When breathing is restored or when vital signs have become active again, you may stop performing CPR.
Is CPR training hard?
Don’t be intimidated by the skill that you haven’t learnt. With the right trainers and institutions to guide you, you can learn the skills as soon as possible.
Does it require tools?
It does not usually require tools, unless as needed. Some situations may require it though. For example for hygiene purposes, you can use a handkerchief when blowing into the patient’s mouth. This can prevent bacteria or viruses from infecting you.