Do you know CPR?
I think everyone should try to do something! even if you just try! The person who needs you the most will be most thankful!
One of the things I have found interesting over the years of being a Paramedic is the varying difference in those who know CPR and those who don’t. Sometimes people are afraid that they will do something wrong, that is a valid fear. Often times not trying at all though can do more harm as by at least attempting to do CPR you are giving the person a better chance until an Ambulance or First Responder arrives.
The American Heart Association is promoting a new “Hands Only” as a part of their awareness for everyone to be able to do CPR, by clicking the highlighted links you can see a short video of it in action. Main thing is, call 911 first! You are going to need the back-up! They have wrapped all this up into a Disco themed idea structure, and I am all for it!
In addition to finding an actual course to take with the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross many local and community organizations like your fire departments, community centers, churches and schools offer CPR Classes to the public for free or a nominal charge. One of my strongest points to make to parents, is especially for their children, is to know CPR, and knowing it for newborns and young children in case of choking or other natural causes. Try to find babysitters that know CPR, or suggest that they take a class, maybe that you would pay for if it is someone that watches your children frequently.
One of the greatest gifts you can give to someone is the gift of life, and not just for mothers having babies, but those who can give a second chance to someone from the actions that you performed while doing CPR. So do you know how to do it? Have you ever taken a class? What are your fears? If there is something I can answer in regards to CPR please comment, and be sure to fill out the poll above.
As always thanks for stopping by, I appreciate you being here, have a great day, and have you ever saved a life before? Tom.