When a person’s heart stops or fails to supply oxygen to the rest of the body, a CPR or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is carried out. CPR is given in an attempt to bring back a person who has either just died, or in a dying state, to life.

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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be beneficial in a number of emergencies like near drowning or heart attacks. In this blog, we attempt to help you understand the basics of CPR and how it plays an important role in saving a person’s life.

CPR and its benefits

There are two aspects of CPR. The first is known as Basic Life Support (BLS) which includes timed chest compressions, followed by rescue breathing techniques (mouth-to-mouth). It can be performed by anyone on someone who has stopped breathing or has just suffered a heart attack.

Chest compressions are carried out by pressing the patient’s chest to assist the heart pump blood to different parts of the body. Then, air is squeezed into the patient’s lungs by giving mouth-to-mouth breathing. CPR techniques can be learnt from various organisations including hospitals and Red Cross.

  • As mentioned earlier, saving an individual’s life is the greatest advantage of learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Learning this method takes just a couple hours, but you can reap benefits of this lifesaving technique for a lifetime. Research suggests that in heart attack cases where timely CPR was used, survival rates have been relatively higher than when it has not been used.
  • When someone around you is choking, or has stopped breathing, you would probably panic and lose precious seconds before medical assistance arrives. On the other hand, if you learn CPR, you will have the confidence to perform this life saving technique on someone experiencing a life threatening situation and not just watch as a helpless bystander.
  • CPR training is one of the essential pre-requisites in occupations like lifeguard and emergency medicine. In other words, being CPR certified has not only personal but also professional benefits involved. Teachers should also preferably learn CPR to handle situations where a child is experiencing breathing problems.
  • If CPR is commenced within a few minutes of the heart stopping, it increases the chances of the patient returning to normal without suffering severe damage to the brain and other organs of the body.

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