What is CPR?

What is CPR

CPR is a sequence of steps an individual can take to help sustain the life of another individual who may be suffering from a cardiac arrest. CPR should be started immediately, once cardiac arrest is identified. Cardiac arrest can be assumed in any individual who does not appear to be breathing and who does not appear to be responsive. Assessing for a pulse in an individual can be very difficult and should only be assessed by individuals who are trained to do so. The use of an AED should only be performed by individuals who are trained on the device. When performing CPR on an individual in need, personal rescuer safety should be the top priority. It is important for professional rescuers and lay responders to assess for dangers before entering a scene to assist a victim. Remember if you get hurt trying to help, you will no longer be able to help the victim.

Why does the CPR sequence always appear to change

The most effective CPR sequences are supported by current scientific research. Up to date studies can help develop the most effective way to perform CPR in the field. It is important for healthcare providers and even lay responders to have an up to date understanding of CPR, so that they can be confident the CPR they are performing is effective. CPR like many medical procedures rely on current research to determine its effectiveness and the effectiveness of its components. It makes sense that non-effective components are replaced with effective understandings. It is important to understand that CPR sequences do not change arbitrarily. Changes in the CPR sequence are provoked by sophisticated research studies, passionately dedicated to optimizing the way CPR is performed.

At what age can someone take a CPR class

It is not our goal to restrict anyone from learning how to perform CPR, however it can be difficult for younger individuals to fully comprehend course skills and perform these techniques adequately. Giving breaths that effectively make the chest rise and fall and giving effective compressions which meet appropriate depths are essential for course completion. Individuals not able to perform these required skills will not successfully complete their CPR course and may require remediation of skills.

Could I take a CPR class earlier than the expiration

Taking a CPR class should always be considered an opportunity rather than a chore. CPR courses can be excellent catalysts for student discussions where students can share experiences with other students. CPR courses also offer great opportunities for students to practice techniques. Not everyone who completes a CPR course will have the opportunity to use their skills often. Attending a CPR course could be an excellent way to practice skills which are not frequently performed. Remember the best way to develop confidence performing CPR is to practice the skills as often as possible.
 
Authored By Thomas Anguella