Giving CPR: What you need to know

If someone near you collapses, you may suddenly find yourself faced with the need to administer CPR. The Red Cross offers a how-to guide, and a quick online search will track down a training near you. In addition, here are some helpful things to know about CPR — some may surprise you.

 

Don’t hesitate. Survival rates are boosted when action is taken immediately. Plus, Good Samaritan laws protect you from being sued for trying to help someone in distress.

 

It’s not like the movies. In real life, CPR can take a lot longer than you think. Even if you don’t revive someone right away, chest compressions keep blood flowing to vital organs.

 

The science continues to evolve. As the science of physiology moves forward, so do techniques for increased survival rates. That’s why it’s so important to get re-certified every two years.

 

Rescue breaths aren’t always necessary. Nor are they always safe, if a barrier device isn’t available. According to the American Heart Association, chest compressions alone are recommended for adults.

 

Stayin’ Alive is the CPR anthem. It’s true. Doctors hum the 1970’s Bee Gees hit while performing CPR because the tempo of the song keeps chest compressions at the right pace.

 

70% of all CPR happens at home, on a relative. Consider making CPR training a family event, because acting quickly can make all the difference.