(NewsBroadcast.com) – No one wants to be caught in a crisis situation where they are unsure of how to help. Having some knowledge of what to do during medical emergencies can mean the difference between life and death. First and foremost, always start by calling 911. Once medical professionals are on their way, it’s time to start CPR and find an AED.
Performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
First, call 911 or ask someone else to call. Then, ensure the area is safe for both you and the injured person before undertaking CPR. Make sure the person is lying on their back and check if they are breathing. If they are not breathing, begin to attempt resuscitation.
First, interlock your fingers with both palms facing down, one hand over the other. Place the heel of your lower hand on the center of the person’s chest and lock your elbows. Compress the chest to a depth of at least two inches at a rate of around 100 compressions per minute.
Every 30 compressions, stop and provide two rescue breaths. If you have not been trained to properly provide rescue breaths, the American Red Cross suggests you proceed only by performing chest compressions. They even have a training video on how to carry out hands-only CPR correctly.
Proper Use of an AED Machine
After calling 911, ask someone to find an automated external defibrillator (AED) machine. This machine provides an electrical shock, if needed, to restore cardiac rhythm.
After you turn on the AED machine, it will walk you through the process. Ensure the person’s skin is bare and dry, then place the pads on their chest as indicated. One will go on the upper right chest and the second will go on the central left side of the chest.
The AED will then analyze the heart’s rhythm. During this process, make sure no one is touching the patient. If required, the AED will provide a shock to the patient and ask you to resume CPR. Follow the AED’s instructions for as long as you can until help arrives.
You Could Save a Life
Reading up on how to perform CPR and use an AED is a great idea. However, if you want to perform these life-saving techniques properly, you should attend a class, whether in person or online. Taking some time to learn these skills now could mean saving a life tomorrow.
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