CPR can be the difference between life and death for a person. For every minute of delay in starting CPR maneuvers, a 10% chance of survival is lost and beyond 5 minutes the probability is considerably reduced. Learn below what to do when dealing with a person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest and learn how to perform CPR maneuvers.
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST?
Faced with sudden cardiac arrest, the affected person collapses, loses consciousness, stops responding, stops breathing normally, and loses his pulse. Given these warning signs, if a person falls unconscious, the first thing to do is call 107 or the local medical emergency number and quickly begin Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) maneuvers. It is estimated that for every minute of delay in starting them, a 10% chance of survival is lost and beyond 5 minutes the probability is considerably reduced. CPR can be the difference between life and death for a person.
HOW TO PERFORM CPR MANEUVERS?
- Make sure the scene is safe for you first and foremost.
- Make sure the victim is on a firm surface.
- If the person is not breathing normally or is not breathing, kneel down perpendicular to the victim’s body, place one hand on the center of the chest and the other on top. With your arms steady and without bending your elbows, begin to perform compressions strongly, quickly, and steadily (the rate and frequency should be at least 100 compressions per minute). Try to do it until the victim recovers, or until the arrival of the ambulance. If possible and available, use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Check out this video explaining more on how to do CPR to an adult