Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR as it’s popularly known is a skill that anyone should learn. The sole aim of the skill is to enable another person to get oxygen as soon as possible. If someone has become unconscious it’s important that you do these CPR steps:
Before you do anything you should call 911 and ask for emergency medical technicians. The cool thing with these technicians is that they come with automated defibrillators that restart the heart with a jolt of electricity.
You should then confirm if the victim has a pulse. You can do this by placing two fingers on the side of the neck just beneath the jaw. You also need to determine if the victim is breathing. You can do this by placing your cheek above the victim’s mouth. If the victim is breathing you should feel a breath on your skin.
After confirming that the victim doesn’t have pulse and isn’t breathing you should begin CPR.
If you have given breath to the victim and he/she doesn’t breath, you should begin CPR in order to start blood circulation in the body.
You should place one hand directly above the sternum and then place the other hand firmly on top of the first hand. When you feel the solid, bony sternum you should keep your arm straight and then push down on the sternum and compress 15 times in 10 seconds. After 15 compressions you should give two more slow breaths.
Oxygen is needed in giving life to the brain and body tissues. You should position the victim on his/her back and then pinch the nose using your fingers. You should then place your mouth firmly over the victim’s and give a normal-size breath. You should wait for one second and then give another breath. When giving breathes you should ensure that the chest is rising.
For ideal results you should maintain a seal between your mouths. It’s recommended that you use a rescue mask over the victim’s mouth to prevent saliva exposure and contamination.
You should repeat this cycle until the victim regains a pulse or until professional help arrives.
These are the CPR steps that you should follow to save a person. If you don’t have the skills you don’t have to worry as there are many courses online that can teach you all you need to know and get a certificate.