CPR can save lives. Before you begin the process, there are a few things you need to know. These five steps can help save lives.
CPR with hands only vs traditional
Choosing between traditional CPR and Hands-only CPR can be a tough choice. While hands-only CPR is a quick and simple way to save a life, many people are skeptical. This is especially true for those who are untrained. It is easy to learn and be a lifesaver.
The American Heart Association has recommended Hands only CPR as a better way to revive victims in cardiac arrest. It was created to encourage others to help those who see someone in distress.
It is faster than traditional CPR. All you have to do with Hands only CPR is push the victim’s chest hard, which keeps blood moving throughout the body. This can double the survival rate for patients suffering sudden cardiac arrest.
Traditional CPR includes chest compressions and rescue breathing. While these actions are important, it is more important that you focus on maintaining oxygen flow to vital organs.
CPR using only hands is easier than the traditional method. According to a recent study, it’s also more efficient. The study showed that Hands-only CPR actually improved the survival rate of people suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.
It’s also important to note that while the study suggests that Hands-only CPR is the best method for treating adults who suddenly collapse, it’s also worth noting that conventional CPR can be performed by bystanders with the proper training.
CPR on COVID-19 patients suspected or confirmed
Performing CPR on people with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is challenging. CPR effectiveness is affected by many factors, including infection, medical conditions and other aspects of resuscitation.
The European Resuscitation Council and the American Heart Association (AHA), both modified their guidelines for CPR on COVID-19 victims to address the initial challenges. These recommendations emphasize safety, minimizing possible exposure for healthcare workers, and the appropriate usage of PPE.
The updated interim guidance provides aerosol controls for COVID-19 patients and aligns to the 2020 AHA guidelines for ECC. The AHA recommends that resuscitation teams include essential members, including clinicians, who can perform CPR. The AHA recommends that lay rescuers wear personal safety gear, such as a mask, whenever rendering aid.
In addition, resuscitation teams should include additional members who are wearing full PPE, including a gown and gloves. These additional members can assist in coordinating equipment and personnel movements. They can also help to minimize noncompression time by using team-based instruction.
To improve airway stability, a supraglottic or bag-mask device is recommended. If the patient is pregnant and is suspected of having COVID-19, oxygenation with intubation should be prioritized earlier.
If the patient is in serious condition, it is best to take them to a high dependency unit and have them intubated. A positive pressure ventilator is still the best resuscitation strategy in newborns suffering from apnea.
CPR on an adult
It is not always easy to perform CPR on an adult. It requires strength, technique, and the ability to monitor the heart’s pumping rhythm. It can be stressful on bystanders, but it is important to know how to do it.
First, assess the situation. If the victim appears conscious, ask for help. If they are unconscious, you can start CPR. If they are in shock call 911.
Next, place your casualty on your back on a flat surface. If the person is choking, use a mouthpiece. Otherwise, use the heel of your hand to press down on the sternum. This can double your chances of survival.
The next step is to check for a pulse. If they are still breathing, you can continue CPR until help arrives.
You will need to perform two rescue breaths. These are vital because they raise the victim’s chest. This can increase your survival chances by up to three times.
Next, call 911 to perform CPR on an adult. If you have an AED, you can get one. It is also important that you monitor your victim’s breathing. If they are choking, use a jaw thrust to open the airway.
To remember the steps of CPR, the American Heart Association uses the letters C-A–B. This means a “C” stands for chest compressions, the “A” stands for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and the “B” stands for the big ole’ – the rescue breath.