Saturday, January 9, 2010
CPR Is a Must! and First Aid
I had to update my CPR card for work. Their is a new and more updated way of doing CPR. I would encourage everyone to go to the American Heart Association and take a class. Their is a new way a second way of doing CPR, its called chest compressions only CPR. Their is oxygen in a person lungs when they collapse and are in need of CPR, and you have about 5 mins where you can do compression only and the body will use the O2 that is still in the lungs. I am not a certified teacher so I want everyone to take their own class and learn this new way, its an alternative for someone who does not want to do the mouth to mouth part. But this option is not the best option for all cases. That's why you need to take a class to learn.
You can save a life.
I believe as most health care providers do that the common every day non health care provider should learn CPR,and Basic First Aid. Even knowing the basics of CPR can save a persons life. How many people can say that they know what to do in an emergency situation. Can you keep your cool. Can you give orders. When the time comes can you remember how to call 9-1-1. I have spoken to a few people that for got how to dial 9-1-1. When you stressed and in a hurry details matter. Proper training can prepare you for an emergency. Most people know the signs of a Heart Attack, but do you know what to do next. Can you tell the signs of a Stroke(CVA). What do you do when you are badly burn, bitten by a snake, spider, or wild animal? Can you help stop bleeding? I bet you don't even know the number to poison control in your area.
Taking a CPR class and or a First Aide Class is a great way to be prepared. you can contact the American Heart Association for details and a listing of classes. Other ways to be prepared for an emergency is to have well stocked First Aid Kits. Know if your place of work has an AED machine, and a list of people qualified use it. Keep a kit in your car. Include in your kits gloves, and face shields. Program your cell phone with poison controls number, so you don't have to search for it. You can never be too prepared , don't just be a bystander.
American Heart Association