When Cardiac Arrest strikes, CPR is a vital component necessary to help to save a life. A good knowledge of this practice can mean the difference between life and death.
To help you understand the importance, we through we would share the facts..
CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. The terms covers all procedures from basic first aid to advanced medical procedures. These practices assist in restoring breathing and circulation in someone whos heart or breathing has stopped.
Where the average Joe, and first aiders are concerned, the term CPR refers to the basic first aid procedures that can be used to keep a person alive until the emergency services arrive at the scene.
As we already know, CPR greatly improves a victims chance of survival. This is because, while CPR is being carried out, sufficient blood containing oxygen will reach the brain, heart and other vital organs. This will help to keep a person alive for several minutes.
Unfortunately by itself, CPR will not restart the heart, but it does buy time for the emergency services to reach the scene. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in conjunction with a defibrillator can double the chances of someone surviving Cardiac Arrest.
When CPR is being carried out, always remember these two important skills:-
- Chest Compressions – To pump the blood around the body
- Rescue Breaths (the Kiss of Life) – to provide oxygen
Often we are approached by people who have fears towards administering CPR. One of the most common fears that lay people have is that legal action may be taken against them, if the practice has not been effective. It is very unlikely that someone who acted in good faith when helping another person would be legally liable for an adverse outcome. No lawsuit has ever been brought against someone in the UK for performing CPR. In general, the UK courts look favourably on people who go to the assistance of others 🙂
Lay people often also fear administering CPR on children incase the child comes to any harm. We always stress that CPR is better than no CPR, what ever the case.
At Concept Hygiene we are passionate about the provision and accessibility of life saving defibrillators, however we do understand that at times, a defibrillator can not always be reached. Taking on a good understanding of Basic Life Support could help to save a life until a medically trained person is able to take over treatment.
Our Basic Life support courses start from £32pp and focus on CPR with the support of defibrillation. Show your staff that you care, by providing them with the knowledge of how to save a life.
For further details contact our main office on 0800 996 1033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org