Doing CPR the Right Way

November 1, 2012Comments Off on Doing CPR the Right Way

As cliched as it may sound, accidents can take place anytime and anywhere. For the most part, it is this that has hindered many people from being able to stay calm and provide the needed assistance. One way to go about this, however, would be to arm yourself with the right knowledge of what to do.

A number of people often wonder about what benefit they could get from getting a certification in CPR, also known as Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. In the same line, the question of who regulates the certification also comes into play. Although it does not necessarily and directly regulate the issuance of CPR certification, the Red Cross as well as the American Heart Association and the National Safety Council provide the guideline by which CPR should be performed. This would include the latest change on how the procedure should be carried, starting instead from chest compression instead of checking and clearing of the airway. The importance of being a certified CPR administrator also comes into question seeing that there are AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) that can be used in order to guide even the most amateur when it comes to doing chest compressions.

Not many people may know it but, during emergency situations, one can perform chest compressions regardless whether he or she has the necessary CPR certification. This, however, does not mean that the certificate has no bearing. For one, it is able to increase the probability of you saving a person’s life since you are familiar with how CPR should really be done. Apart from this, you would not be confined to just administering chest compressions. You would also have the knowledge of how to do artificial respiration. Of course, you would also be able to converse quite easily with the paramedics, giving them the information that they need before they transport the patient to the hospital. The most important thing is that you would know if you should administer CPR or not. Keep in mind that CPR is not applicable in all cases of unconscious patients. It is only effective if the case concerned involves a patient suffering from cardiac arrest. In a cardiac arrest case, restoration of blood circulation is very important as, by doing so, the needed oxygen would be brought to the different organs. Timing is important in cases like these since being a minute too late can lead to tissue necrosis which, in turn, could lead to organ failure.

A number of companies who need people knowledgeable in CPR would also require CPR certification from applicants. In most cases, they take into consideration the curriculum being followed by the training provider.

At the end of the day, however, whether you have a CPR certification or not, it is only right that you do something should the person next to you suddenly becomes unconscious with no discernible pulse.

You can learn more about the proper way of doing CPR by undergoing the CPR training and certification program by Citywide CPR.