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The CPR Steps to Success

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The importance of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) can be best understood by the fact that bearing knowledge and skill of CPR process can save the life of a victim. If you come across any individual with sudden cardiac arrest, you can promptly provide him with cpr guidelines for survival till advance help arrives. The CPR processes for all victims are nearly same but it slightly differs in case of children, infants and adults.

There are various steps that are to be completed for infant cpr , when the victim is gasping for breath and they includes Call for help, Chest compression or Pump, Mouth Rescue or Pump and, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Call for Help

If you find a person lying on the floor or on a bed gasping for breath due to cardiac arrest, you can immediately call 911 for help. The emergency dispatcher may even guide you to the process that must be followed immediately till they arrive.

Chest compression or Pump

Once you finish calling for help, you can promptly move to the side of the victim make him lie on his back, place your heels of the hand on the middle of the victim’s chest, put another hand on top of the first one and compress the chest 2 inch or 4-5 cm. The rate of compression or pumping must be nearly 30 compressions within 18 seconds where each pump must be faster than a second or at the rate of nearly 100 compresses every minute.

Mouth Rescue or Pump

Once you are done with pumping you can immediately switch over to Mouth Rescue or Pump, where you tilt the neck of the victim chin lifted for opening the airway of the victim and pinch the nose. Now you can place your mouth on victim’s, seal it and blow or breath as hard as possible till chest is raised. Your breathing process must be one breath every second.

You can repeat the process as 30 compressions and two breaths till the help arrives.

But, if you find victim breathing instead of gasping, you can briskly rub your knuckle against the victim's sternum and call 911 for help.

You can continue repeatedly with 30 compressions and 2 breaths till help arrives.

If you find victim breathing, you can rub your knuckles against the victim's sternum briskly to wake him up and dial 911 for the help.

You can also use an automated external defibrillator (AED), if it is available and you are trained with its uses cpr test.