Healthcare providers are required by law to take a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Credentials are renewed for the course every two years.
The American Red Cross and American Heart Association sponsor courses across the United States.
They aid in presenting updates for the delivery of basic life support.
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The Airway, Breathing, and Circulation were the basics for life support.
Now Compressions, Airway, and Breathing have become the standard with major emphasis on compressions to sustain life until the arrival of the emergency medical team.
If called upon to administer Basic Life Support, the first step is to determine if the scene is safe to approach the victim.
After the determination is made the scene is safe, check the responsiveness of the victim.
Take no more than 5 – 10 seconds to observe the chest to determine if the victim is breathing.
Next have someone call 911 and check the pulse of the victim at location of the brachial artery in the medial neck.
If the pulse is 60 beats per minute start CPR. The chest is compressed 1 1/2 inches at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.
Your goal is to administer 30 compressions and 2 rescue breaths if the victim is not breathing tilting the head back with a forward chin lift to keep the tongue from obstructing the trachea for adults.
You continue 10 cycles or two minutes before checking responsiveness of the victim.
If no responsiveness continue CPR.
For children and infants the compression rate is 15 to 2 rescue breaths.
The best position for an infant choking is sitting with support of the head and neck.
Have the head lower than the torso and place 5 firm back slaps. Flip the infant over and do 5 chest thrusts.
With fingers in the center of the chest, thrust in an upward position to dislodge the foreign body.
With adults the universal choking sign is observed with the victim turning blue.
A statement is made are you choking? I’m going to help you.
With both fist clasped positioned behind the victim thrust upward and inward to dislodge the blockage.
If unable to clear the airway with the victim on the floor or ground start CPR.
If no success in restoring breathing start CPR.
We are trained for CPR in our emergency dental care facility.
Many agencies have Automated External Defibrillators on hand in their facilities.
They are used for the victim who is having a heart attack.
When applied to the victim the device can read the existing heart rhythm of the victim.
The victim’s heart goes into a response as though the heart is having a seizure during a heart attack.
For those unresponsive and not breathing without a pulse, turn the unit on to apply the pads to the victim’s skin as indicated.
The device will walk you through the correct procedure step by step.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation helps the healthcare provider to train for potential emergencies.
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