Why Everyone Should Know CPR Steps and Delivery

Posted on 24-Mar-2014

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation more commonly referred to as CPR, is the life-saving technique that delivers oxygen and artificial circulation to someone whose heart has stopped. This is what is known as being in cardiac arrest, which is the leading cause of death in Australia. Being able to help someone who is in cardiac arrest can not only help lower unnecessary deaths of your fellow citizens, but save the life of someone you love.

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The National Heart Foundation of Australia found that each year up to 30,000 Australians suffer cardiac arrests. More alarmingly, only 20-30% receives CPR. With such a shocking amount of Australians suffering cardiac arrests annually, the government is starting to push CPR training across workplaces and homes.

Four out of five cardiac arrests happen in the home, so the chances of you saving the life of someone you love are very high. This is why it is imperative for you to learn correct CPR training. Applying correct CPR whilst waiting for medical assistance to arrive can be the difference between life and death.

We have come a long way in the development of correct CPR techniques over the years. A strange practice in America from 1711 was called ‘fumigation’ in which tobacco smoke would be blown into a victim’s rectum in attempt to revive a patient. Fortunately, substantial research has been conducted into the correct technique needed to perform CPR, which can be learnt from your local training service.

Remember when providing resuscitation to follow the basic steps of DRABCD:

Danger: Check for danger, for you and the victim

Response: Squeeze the victim’s shoulder and seek a response & call for help

Airway: Check airways are clear and for signs of life

Breathing: If there are no signs of life, give two rescue breaths

Compression: No immediate signs of life, commence CPR

Defibrillation: Attach a defibrillator and follow the instructions

And remember, if you don’t know CPR, any attempt is better than no attempt and focus on hard and fast pumps to the center of the chest.

You can book your first aid training CPR course with Ausguards.

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