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A Proven Life Saver
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is a first-aid" life-saving technique that can revive someone whose heart and/or lungs have stopped working. It’s an artificial way to get oxygen-containing blood to the brain and other body tissues.
When someone stops breathing time is of the essence because the brain may suffer permanent damage after only four minutes without oxygen even if the victim survives. Professional help is still necessary as soon as possible after you successfully perform CPR.
Emergencies for Which CPR Is Appropriate
Emergencies that could stop a person’s breathing or heartbeat include heart attack electric shock choking a drug overdose drowning suffocation or an auto collision.
The Importance of CPR Training
CPR might keep a victim alive until an advanced life support system can take over. Experts estimate that more than 100 000 lives could be saved each year if enough people mastered CPR. Three out of four sudden deaths are witnessed by bystanders few of whom know what to do to save the victim’s life. However if you try to use what you think is CPR without being trained in it you may do more harm than good. CPR is a complicated skill taught by certified instructors. The American Red Cross the YMCA the American Heart Association and many other private and government agencies offer CPR classes.
What to Expect in CPR Training
During your CPR training you will learn:
How to recognize when someone needs CPR.
How to check a victim’s breathing and pulse.
The three steps for reviving a victim and how long you should continue those steps.
Special procedures for certain accidents or certain victims such as infants toddlers young children pregnant women and obese people.
When to call for further help.
Besides receiving verbal instructions you’ll be practicing CPR on special lifesize dolls called mannequins that simulate breathing and a heartbeat. Because there’s so much to learn " classes can be spread over several sessions. Refresher courses are recommended once a year every year after your training to keep you in practice and to introduce any modifications in the technique. You have a much better chance of saving someone’s life in or out of the home by getting CPR training. Why not call soon to see when classes are offered?
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