Mar 052013

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR is a series of steps that can help you save the life of a friend or loved one. Once the heart stops beating, the victim of cardiac arrest is deprived of life-giving oxygen and brain death ensues. Since any family member is vulnerable to heart disease, accidental overdose or poisonings, electric shock, near drowning, choking and other accidents or injuries, it is imperative that you and your family have the knowledge and skills to help a loved one survive long enough for the emergency medical professionals to arrive and transport them to a hospital.

  1. The American Heart Association has done numerous studies that suggest 80 percent of cardiac arrest and related incidents occur in the home. You or your family members may be the only chance for the survival of the heart attack victim.
  2. According to the American Red Cross, of the 200,000 yearly deaths due to cardiac arrest, 50,000 more people could be saved if the bystander had the skills and knowledge to perform CPR.
  3. Unfortunately, due to the fear and phobias of various communicable diseases, bystanders are reluctant to perform CPR on a heart attack victim who is not a family member or close personal friend. You may be their only chance.
  4. A victim of cardiac arrest has only six to eight minutes before they experience brain death, and the emergency medical response team may take up to 20 minutes to arrive. Without the initiation of bystander CPR, the person has a low chance of survival.
  5. If you perform CPR in the first four minutes on a person with cardiac arrest, the victim is twice as likely to survive the heart attack and make it to hospital alive.
  6. The use of automated external defibrillators or AEDs is becoming more available in most public places. Learning how to effectively use this life-saving equipment on a victim of cardiac arrest increases their chance of survival exponentially.
  7. CPR training teaches you how to recognize the signs of a person who may be experiencing the early symptoms of cardiac arrest or a stroke and to call 911 immediately.
  8. When you have learned the skills and knowledge of CPR, you will be less likely to panic and be confident to take the steps to help a victim of cardiac arrest or stroke to survive.
  9. Each year in the United States, almost 3500 people die from choking on food. CPR training includes the skills needed to save an infant, child or adult from choking.
  10. Taking the time and initiative to learn CPR may impress prospective employers and assist you in gaining employment in most any field and shows you are organized, compassionate and value the life of others.
  11. If you care for elderly parents or other family members, it is important have the skills to assist them in an emergency.
  12. Children or young adults that care or babysit for younger siblings should know how to do CPR in case of choking, near drowning or accidental fires that may cause smoke inhalation.
  13. New parents will find peace of mind and confidence when they learn infant CPR skills as part of care for their new baby.
  14. If you live alone, CPR training helps you recognize the early warning signs of a heart attack or stroke. In addition, learning includes how to perform an abdominal thrust on your own body to remove an obstruction if you are choking.
  15. Over 1500 children drown in swimming pools each year. CPR training provides specific instructions on how to save a victim of near drowning.
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