REVISED CPR PROCEDURE
CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is the most important First Aid/Emergency procedure to save life in case of cardiac arrest or heart failure. In cardiac arrest cases the victim seems quite alright till he or she suddenly collapses. In such cases CPR is the life and death question.
In CPR, in case you are not sure, Cardio means relating to heart and this refers to the rhythmic chest pressures applied. Pulmonary means relating to lungs and, in traditional CPR procedure, means the mouth to mouth respiration attempt. Resuscitation, of course, means revival or recovery.
This mouth to mouth attempt of restoring respiration, as you would agree, is not only a very unwelcome procedure for an untrained person but it requires some experience or expertise also. Because of this part of the CPR sometime people hesitated to administrate it as either they did not feel confident enough or felt a little aversion.
Now, the good news is that recent studies have shown that CPR without mouth-to-mouth breathing is as effective or better that the traditional procedure. This, of course, does not mean that mouth-to-mouth breathing has been completely done away with. It means that the most important thing is keeping oxygen-rich blood flow to brain. Breathing can wait till a trained person takes over.
As regards rhythmic pressure on the chest, the recommended rate is at least 100 compressions per minute. Each compression should be about five centimeters (two inches) deep in adults and children and about 3.75 centimeters (one and half inches) in infants. Between compressions the person giving CPR should take off his or her weight completely off the chest to allow it to return to its original position.
So, next time you see somebody suddenly collapse and you suspect it a case of cardiac arrest, don’t just be an onlooker. Step forward confidently and apply CPR—you just have to pump the chest rhythmically.
Who know you may save a life!
This Web Page Created with PageBreeze Free HTML Editor
The wisest investment of money is in happiness, health and success.