Imagine you’re out for your morning run when the man jogging in front of you suddenly drops to the ground. You stop to see if he’s breathing. He is, but his breathing is shallow. Emergency services are not nearby. You call 911, but time is critical. His heart stops beating. Then you jump into action and follow the CPR steps you learned. Hopefully, your efforts and the training you received can keep him alive until EMS arrives with an AED (automated external defibrillator).
This is a scary situation that no one wants to be faced with, but the possibility is always there. Taking a CPR course that teaches you how to perform chest compressions can literally make the difference between life and death. Even if you are unfamiliar with basic life support programs, you can still learn lifesaving CPR steps. If you begin CPR immediately, you may double or triple the chances of a person surviving after their heart stops beating.
Here is a quick overview of how to perform CPR. You never know when you may be called on to save a life.
• Ensure the scene is safe. Do not put yourself in danger while attempting to help.
• Try to wake the person up by shouting and tapping on their shoulder.
• If the person does not respond to you, call 911 or have someone nearby call.
• Put the person on their back. If you suspect a neck or spinal cord injury, take care to support the head and keep it as straight as possible.
• Kneel beside the person and check to see if they are breathing. If they are breathing, wait with them until emergency services arrives. If they are not breathing normally, treat this like they are not breathing.
• Do 30 chest compressions at a rate of about 100 per minute. For an adult, clasp one hand on top of the other, locking your fingers. Straighten your elbows and with the heel of the bottom hand (palm down), quickly yet firmly push in the center of the chest. Try to push at least two inches. For a child, place one or two hands over the center of the chest and push about two inches in. For an infant, use two fingers to push about 1.5 inches. Be sure to let the chest rise completely between each compression.
• If possible, give two rescue breaths. Make sure the head is tilted back slightly. Pinch the nostrils shut, open the person’s mouth and place your mouth completely over theirs, blowing until you see the chest start to rise. If it does not rise, re-tilt the head and try to give another breath. After two attempts (whether or not you saw chest rise), give 30 more chest compressions. Continue alternating compressions and breaths until someone else takes over.
• If you are uncomfortable giving breaths or unable to deliver breaths successfully, simply give continuous compressions while you wait for help to arrive. If another person is available to help you provide CPR, take turns giving compressions for about 2 minutes each.
Remembering these CPR steps could help you help someone else, but enrolling in a basic life support program such as a CPR course is even more beneficial. Whether you are an individual who just wants to be prepared with lifesaving skills in case of an emergency or a member of a healthcare organization, public safety agency or corporate entity, Cascade Training Center can provide you with training and certification.
Since 2002, Cascade has credentialed more than 100,000 people per year throughout the country, offering customized training and compliance programs, as well as 25 nationally validated certification courses.
Contact Cascade today to enroll in a class or to find a training location. Someone’s life could depend on it.