How would you feel knowing you were able to help save someone’s life? At any time, and any place, whenever you are surrounded by other people, the chances of a medical emergency are always present. As a matter of fact, you, yourself, may face a medical emergency. Medical emergencies have a wide range and may include: minor abrasions, lacerations, burns, heart attacks, strokes or full cardiac arrest. While it is important to know how to recognize and care for these many medical emergencies, we will discuss the importance of knowing CPR to help save someone who has gone into cardiac arrest.
Cardiac arrest is basically the sudden loss of heart function, incompatible with life. The person’s heart is no longer working and it needs to be fixed immediately in order to save that person’s life. Part of the process of CPR is being able to recognize a medical emergency. With cardiac arrest, a person will be unresponsive with no pulse and not breathing. The moment a person goes into cardiac arrest, vital organs immediately start being deprived of oxygen and the waste products begin encapsulating the heart muscle, causing severe damage. Each second counts during this severe cardiac event. It is very important to immediately assess the person and check for responsiveness. It is also critical to get first responders to the scene, by having someone nearby, preferably, call them, or calling them yourself if no one is available.
Now, there are many classes you can take to learn the skills of CPR and for dealing with other medical emergencies. I will not go into all of the details of performing CPR. I, myself, am a CPR/first aid instructor, and I truly believe that this is an important skill to have. Even having just one person knowing CPR on the scene can immensely improve the chances of survival for a person going into cardiac arrest. Furthermore, when CPR is performed in a team approach, the process is much smoother. The best way of ensuring this is to educate as many people as possible on the skills of CPR. The AHA, as well as many other organizations offer affordable classes that teach the basics of CPR. Many community organizations also offer classes for a minimal price, or even free. You do not have to be a medical professional to be able to perform CPR. In fact, many medical emergencies occur outside of a healthcare setting, where a professional may not be present.
Cardiac arrest is a serious medical emergency, where time and action is critical. With no action, the person will not survive. Just knowing and performing the basics of CPR can significantly increase the chance of survival for a cardiac arrest victim. Take the time learn CPR, as a medical emergency can occur anywhere, at any time.