A few years ago, I taught a CPR class for middle schoolers. While getting to mime chest compressions on a dummy was fun for the kids, my goal for the lesson was serious: I wanted them to remember the basic steps of CPR in case they ever were in an emergency situation.
CPR stands for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, and is a last-ditch medical technique designed to keep oxygenated blood pumping around a victim’s body after their heart has stopped beating. It can be used after a heart attack, stroke, electrical shock*, drowning, or another such incident has caused the victim to enter cardiac arrest. The chest compressions and rescue breaths used in CPR, combined with an AED (automated external defibrillator), can more than double a victim’s chances of survival, according to the American Heart Association.
But not many people are ready to give CPR in an emergency. According to the American Stroke Association, 70% of Americans would not feel comfortable enough to give CPR to someone who has entered cardiac arrest. If every bystander knew CPR, imagine how many lives could be saved!
Check out this quick video explaining the basics of CPR and educate yourselves to potentially save a life.
*There are special factors when treating an electrical shock patient. Further information can be found here.