CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation)

Hello there 🙂 

This video is meant to serve as an educational guide for performing CPR, which stands for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation.

CPR should be used when someone has collapsed and is having difficulty breathing, as it can keep people alive until emergency services arrive.

Learning this simple life-saving skill is as easy as ABC

Just remember the DR’s ABC’s

D is for danger, making sure that the area is safe for you and those around you

R is for a response, shake them gently by the shoulder and ask them if they’re alright.

S, shout for help. If the person is not responding, make sure you have assistance. Ensure that emergency services have been made aware of the situation. If someone is around, have them make the call and put the phone on speaker as the ambulance service can talk you through the steps.

 

A is for airway, gently hold the persons head back and check inside their mouth to ensure there are no obstacles.

B is for breathing, look, listen and feel for signs of normal breathing. Look at their chest to see if there are chest movements, listen for normal breathing sounds, and try to feel their breath against your hand. If there are no signs of breathing, we need to start CPR  

C is for circulation, as the main goal of CPR is to ensure that blood is being circulated around the body. We must pump the heart by using compressions. Start by placing one hand on the person’s chest and interlock your fingers on top of the other. With arms straight, press down hard and fast letting the chest come back fully each time. Fast means about 2 times per second and hard means the chest needs to move down about 5cm. An easy way to remember this is by remembering the beat of the classic song, Staying Alive

 

if you have some training, you should give 2 rescue breaths for every 30 compressions. If you have assistance, you should swap to provide optimal compressions so that one person doesn’t get too tired. Do not stop the process until a healthcare provider arrives.

D is for a defibrillator, which sends a shock to restart the heartbeat. Most public areas and workplaces have easy to use a defibrillator, also called an AED which stands for an automatic external defibrillator. Turn the AED on, and listen to the instructions vocalized by the machine.

To recap,

Remember the DR’s ABC.

That’s D for danger, R for response, S for shouting for help, A for airway, B for breathing, C for circulation and D for deflibirator if it is available. This animation guide has demonstrated the simple steps to help someone who has collapsed and or not breathing properly. It is our hope you don’t need to encounter such a situatuin, but if you do, that you are ready to help ! do share this video with friends and family memebrs so we are all prepared to help othersJ on behalf of the precare team, we wish you the best.