Statistics demonstrate that 3/4th of the 300,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrests experienced by individuals in America occur in private residential premises. Looking at the ratio, it certainly seems wise to attain knowledge of CPR as it can come handy in saving the life of dear family member.
While the most proficient method of administering CPR comes from undergoing the actual training, recently the American Heart Association has brought forth a hands-only CPR methodology for conducting the same. This novel method is immensely useful as many people do not go through conventional trainings and are thereby not equipped to handle such situations. Also, many are averse to the performing of CPR due to the requirement of a mouth to mouth action during the process. To many people, this whole process of delivering the conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation seems scary and they fear the consequence of an ill performed CPR.
The new hands only CPR method is not only simpler to imbibe but to perform as well. This training can be obtained from a local hospital, free of charge or with nominal fee attached and through videos describing the procedure as well. The preliminary steps of the procedure are the same as in the conventional method that is trying to arouse the individual from unconsciousness and calling 911 immediately. Thereafter, one has to commence with the administration of the chest compressions by placing the heel of one hand in the center of the victim’s chest with the other hand on top of it. Interlace the fingers of both hands and forcefully compress the chest between 1 1/2 and 2 inches. Keeping the hand firmly positioned, one must administer about 100 compressions in a minute. In cases, wherein this exercise is futile in restoring breath of the victim, an automatic external defibrillator should be used to obtain success.
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