August 2009

In an emergency the first 10 minutes are most important. For every minute that a person is not breathing, the chance of survival decreases by 10%, and in 4 minutes the victim starts to develop brain damage. There are stories, bad information, and out-of-date procedures that all contribute to confusion about how CPR should really be done. There is no substitute for quality hands-on CPR and First Aid Training. On- line trainings CAN NOT teach you how to perform CPR!!! Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the death of a famous music pop star in which his personal doctor made; apparently, many mistakes that likely helped lead to his death. We want you to be trained and prepared to give your friends and family the best chance of survival: Take a CPR & First Aid Training class today!

If you can’t wake a person, you need to send someone to call 911 and start CPR. If you are properly trained the better the chance of survival.

“I’m worried that I might further injure someone by moving them after an accident!” You may think.

First of all, you should only move someone if it is unsafe or impossible to treat them where they are. You can’t do CPR on a person in a bed or sofa they must be on the floor. If you can do CPR on them, then leave them where they are. If you have to move someone, keep the victim’s head and neck in its current position and supported as much as possible while moving. If the person needs CPR, and you do nothing, the probability death is 100%.

“Breathing is not necessary anymore” you may have heard. How much good can it really do to breathe carbon dioxide into someone’s lungs out of yours?

Normal air contains about 21% oxygen. A breath of air you exhale still contains over 16% oxygen so when it enters a victim’s lungs, there is significant oxygen to be absorbed. The carbon dioxide mixed into your outgoing breath comes back out of the victim, as well. Sure, they aren’t getting as much oxygen as normal, but it’s sure better than nothing.

How do you know if the CPR you’re doing is working?

As long as you can see the chest rise and fall, you know air is entering the victim’s lungs. But, you can’t really tell if your chest compressions are moving the blood through the victim’s body.

Spontaneous revival of a victim just from administering CPR is not likely – but AEDs are now making it more probable. Your goal is to keep oxygen circulating to the brain until emergency responders arrive to revive the victim with an AED. Performing compressions hard and fast in the center of the chest between the nipples with 30 compressions and two breaths, and no stopping until the AED arrives or 911 staff arrives, will help the victim’s survival rate.

These are just a few of the topics that will be covered when you take a CPR & First Aid Training from Adams Safety Training. Learning to Save Lives Made Easy!!!