Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a vital skill that can save lives in emergency situations. Knowing how to perform CPR can make a significant difference when someone is experiencing cardiac arrest. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of administering CPR effectively.
1. Assess the Situation
Before starting CPR, ensure the safety of yourself, the victim, and those around you. Check for any potential dangers, such as traffic, fire, or electrical hazards. If the environment is safe, approach the victim and assess their responsiveness.
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2. Check for Responsiveness
Gently tap the victim and shout, “Are you okay?” If there is no response, the person is unresponsive, and you need to proceed with CPR.
3. Call for Help
If you are alone, call emergency services (911 or the appropriate local emergency number) immediately before starting CPR. If someone else is present, instruct them to make the call while you begin CPR.
4. Open the Airway
Place the victim on their back on a firm surface. Tilt their head backward slightly by lifting the chin to open the airway. Check for breathing by looking, listening, and feeling for signs of normal breathing. If the person is not breathing or only gasping, proceed to the next step.
5. Begin Chest Compressions
Position yourself on your knees beside the victim. Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest, just below the nipple line. Place the other hand on top and interlock your fingers. Keep your elbows straight and position your shoulders directly above your hands.
6. Perform Compressions
Use your upper body weight to compress the chest at least 2 inches deep at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute. Allow the chest to fully recoil between compressions. Remember to maintain a steady rhythm and ensure proper depth.
7. Give Rescue Breaths
After 30 compressions, give two rescue breaths. Maintain an open airway by tilting the head backward and pinching the victim’s nose shut. Deliver each breath over one second, watching for the chest to rise. Ensure a good seal over the victim’s mouth.
8. Continue CPR
Continue the cycle of 30 chest compressions followed by two rescue breaths until emergency medical help arrives or the person starts breathing on their own. If an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available, follow the device’s prompts.
Remember, the key to effective CPR is to act quickly and confidently. Regularly refresh your CPR skills through training courses to stay prepared. By learning and understanding these steps, you contribute to the chain of survival and increase the chances of a positive outcome for someone experiencing cardiac arrest.