Reasons to Learn CPR Essay

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Have you ever thought about what you would do if a family member suddenly stopped breathing? Imagine that you grow up in a small town, the population is 700 people, and one morning you wake up and everyone in the town is dead. On any given day 670 people die of sudden cardiac arrest. Could it be a loved one, someone you care deeply for, or just a complete stranger? The chances are that someone in your family is going to die of sudden cardiac arrest in your lifetime. On average it takes an ambulance no less than seven minutes to reach someone in need, therefore, every adult should know how to administer CPR. Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone is attacked with cardiac arrest, so you should immediately begin …show more content…
By opening the victim?s airway, you are lifting the tongue from the back of the throat which could be the one thing obstructing the airway. After assessing the victim?s airway, now you should check for breathing. To check for breathing, place your ear over the mouth looking toward the chest. This will allow you to listen for air movement, feel for air movement on your cheek, and look for chest rise. If the victim is breathing adequately, you should roll him or her on their left side. By doing so this puts them in the recovery position and permits him or her to breathe adequately. This also prevents aspiration if the victim vomits. If the victim is not breathing, give two breathes, watching for chest rise. Give breathes over a second, wait a second, then give another breathe. While doing so, you should not hyperventilate the victim. Once you have provided two rescue breathes, you should check the victim for a pulse. To check the pulse, you should use two fingers, not your thumb, on the carotid artery on the side closet to you. The carotid artery is located right beside the throat and at times is difficult to feel. You should check for a pulse at least five seconds but no longer than ten. If pulse is present, simply provide rescue breathing every six to eight seconds. Remember that you do not want to hyperventilate the victim. If there is no pulse present, you should then begin compressions. To begin compressions you need to first
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