CPRs Only for Human?

October 10, 2012Comments Off on CPRs Only for Human?

One of the things that you would learn when you undergo CPR training is that, before you can administer CPR, you have to ensure first that the person, indeed, is unconscious and is not breathing. You would also come to understand that, in such cases, every minute counts. But what if the victim in front of you is not a human being but an animal?

This is what recently transpired at the National Zoo in Washington. The situation involved a giant panda cub who was born just a few days prior to the incident which took place last September 23. According to records, the last time any audible sound was heard from the young cub was at 9 in the morning. A few minutes later, zoo keepers heard a honking sound interpreted to be a distress call coming from the little one’s mother. With the help of CPR, the cub was revived by the staff. Unfortunately, a few hours after, the cub again lost consciousness and was pronounced dead by 10:28 am. Although the situation might not have ended on a positive note, it still highlights the need for training in CPR.

CPR, or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, is typically done in order to simulate blood circulation in an unconscious patient and, thus, ensure that brain function is kept intact. It typically involves the administration of chest compression as well as breaths whic is typically done via mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Why is artificial blood circulation important? In cases of cardiac arrest, there is the possibility of blood circulation stopping which could cause tissue necrosis. Tissue necrosis is more commonly known as tissue death. When it happens in major organs, this could only lead to death. This is the reason why most people and institutions providing CPR trainings always emphasize the importance of being able to administer CPR as soon as possible. There have also been medical professionals who would recommend that a lay person who is not knowledgeable about how to administer CPR to just focus on doing chest compressions well until the paramedics arrive. This is because being able to simulate circulation is more important than being able to restore respiration. One has to keep in mind, however, that CPR alone is not enough in order to restore normal heart rhythm. Also there is a possibility of reviving the patient, it is still important that he or she be brought to the nearest hospital in order to assess his or her condition. There are also cases when a lay person can make use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in order to administer electric shocks that could jolt the heart into attaining a regular beating pattern. These devices are very easy to use and often comes with both verbal and visual instructions that could guide a lay person through a CPR. This is the reason why there have been moves to ensure that there is at least one AED unit in public places.

You, too, can learn how to administer CPR properly by undergoing CPR training and certification in such institutions as Citywide CPR. Start now and start saving lives.