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Stay Current with Your CPR Training

While the first thing a you may do in a medical emergency is call in the professionals, there is a lot you can do to help improve the outlook of any medical crisis while you’re waiting for the paramedics to arrive. Most of us have had some CPR training at some point in our lives, but when was the last time you refreshed your memory about the steps and procedures needed to correctly perform this technique? Not being able to remember the correct steps or knowing the most modern procedures could hinder you in your efforts to save a life, so learn all you can about CPR before you ever need it– just to be safe.

When it comes to medical care in an emergency, what you don’t know could hurt you. If you’re not sure you remember your CPR basics, it’s always a good idea to get a refresher. Current CPR guidelines call for about 100 compressions a minute on an adult victim until paramedics arrive. Those giving CPR should do about 30 compressions before stopping to give two short breaths. If you haven’t taken a CPR course in many years, it can be a great idea to head to a class. Many organizations offer them at free or no cost, a great value considering the knowledge you gain could just save a life.

While traditionally chest compressions during CPR have alternated with breaths, recent studies have shown that this mouth-to-mouth technique actually doesn’t improve the person’s chance for survival. New guidelines from the American Heart Association focus CPR on rapid, deep presses on the victim’s chest. This new procedure is easier, just and effective and can make it less uncomfortable for someone to perform CPR on a stranger. It’s important to keep in mind that this procedure should only be used for adults- – CPR on children still requires the breathing technique– and for those who have not been involved in a drowning, drug overdose or carbon monoxide poisoning.

You never know when you’ll need to put your CPR skills to use, so make sure you are up-to-date and knowledgeable about the entire process. Whether the victim is someone you know or a complete stranger, your knowledge of CPR could make the difference in saving their life and refreshing your knowledge is well worth the few minutes it takes.

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