CPR courses are organized and taught to help provide medical professionals, first responders, caregivers, and everyday people the training and tools to help resuscitate an unresponsive person. But how did the medical science behind resuscitating people develop over time to become a well-researched and highly effective method of saving lives that just about anybody can learn to do?
Around 275,000 people, per year, experience OHCA (out-of-hospital cardiac arrest) incidents. This finding was reported by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine archives. This number pertains to people living in Europe. U.S. Statistics for OHCAs It has also been found that a large […]
Common CPR questions How do I know if the CPR is actually working? While it is difficult to know if applying chest compressions are having an effect on a person’s pulse, you can take note of whether or not the victim’s chest is rising when you breathe into their mouth. Can I […]
By Peter J Klotunowitch The American Heart Association (AHA) gave a “Call to Action” for bystander witnessed an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest of probable cardiac origin. The national news media picked this up and announced to the public that the new AHA recommendation is to do compression only Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. From the number of […]
I have heard people talk about giving/not giving breaths with CPR and also about “rescue breathing”. I am confused…What is the difference? How do I know what to do? These are questions often asked at a CPR class, and I would like to clarify it for you. Maybe even give a SIMPLE answer to take […]
By Peter J Klotunowitch A leading cause of death in the United States, cardiac arrest is caused when the heart suddenly stops, usually due to an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat and disrupts blood flow through the body. Survival depends on immediate CPR and other actions starting with bystanders. American […]
This weekend I was home watching TV, flipping through the channels, when a program caught my attention. This program was reviewing the case of a gentleman who had lost his wife in a diving “accident”. They were trying the evidence presented at his trial. His apparent lack of emotions, the situation that left her alone […]
I recently met a woman in a class who stated that she never performed CPR, but almost did. I asked for more information and found out that she had looked out her front window one morning just in time to see a man collapse near her mailbox. She said that she “would have performed CPR, […]