CPR and basic first aid procedures By kendall guagenti

Preforming CPR

"Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped"(unit8).

To learn CPR, it is recommended to take certified COR training classes

Before you begin CPR, check if the patient is conscious, or unconscious. If they seem unconscious, ask them loudly if they are okay. Under most circumstances, if they are unresponsive and two people are available, have one call 9-1-1, and the other start CPR.

"The American Heart Association uses the acronym of CAB — compressions, air- way, breathing —to help people remember the order to perform the steps of CPR"(unit8).

Compressions

Lay the person on a flat surface, and place the heel of your hand into the persons chest, in between the nipples, and place the other hand on top of it. Push straight down about 2 inches and go at a rate of 100 compressions per minute

Airway

If you are trained in CPR, and have performed 30 chest compressions, put your palm gently on the persons forehead, and tilt the head back, with the other hand, gently lift the chin forward.

Breathing

"With the airway open, pinch the nostrils shut for mouth-to-mouth breathing and cover the person's mouth with yours, making a seal"(unit8). Prepare to give two breaths, each lasting one second. If when you give the first breath you see the chest rise, give the second. If not, use the airway method then give the second breath.

Personal Story

One time when I was having dinner at Olive Garden, a man started choking on a crouton and fell over, not breathing. Immediately someone who was certified in CPR stepped up and completed the steps while someone else called 9-1-1. The man started breathing again and was taken to the hospital okay.

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