Why CPR training is so important
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (more commonly known as CPR) is an essential skill to have. When you’ve been trained in CPR, you could potentially save the life of a family member, colleague or even a stranger. Here at First Aid Accident & Emergency, we encourage individuals working within all industries to seriously consider refreshing their first aid and CPR skills.
Our team of experts have put together a summary of why learning CPR is essential and a few things to remember when performing CPR.
What’s the point of learning CPR?
The simple answer is—CPR saves lives! By performing CPR, you can help to buy time until medical assistance arrives at the scene of an emergency. The majority of sudden cardiac arrests will occur within the home or out in a recreational setting—it will be unexpected and there usually won’t be a medical professional nearby to assist straight away. This is why it’s so important to brush up on your CPR and first aid skills to ensure you’re prepared at all times and in all places.
The team at FAAE recommends that all workplaces consider having their employees take part in a first aid and CPR workshop. Regardless of the industry you work in, there’s still a chance of cardiac arrest occurring.
When is CPR needed?
CPR should be performed if a person has stopped breathing or their heart has stopped beating. There are many different emergency situations where performing CPR will be required—some of these include heart attack, drowning or drug overdose. If for any reason the patient has collapsed or is found lying unconscious, CPR will be needed. The purpose of performing CPR is to keep oxygen flowing throughout the patient’s body prior to them going to the hospital.
Defibrillators are life-saving devices used to detect irregular heart rhythms. If an irregular rhythm is detected, the defib will send a shock to the heart of the patient. Defibrillators are incredibly beneficial in emergency situations. The chances of a patient surviving sudden cardiac arrest significantly increases when a defib is used during resuscitation compared to when CPR is used alone.
Modern models of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) will provide the rescuer with clear instructions of what to do throughout the entire resuscitation process—some will even help with instructions when it comes to performing CPR.
Learn more about CPR and defibrillators today—contact the team at FAAE.
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