Do you know CPR? We highly encourage you to take a class and be certified, as knowing CPR can save a life. However, if you haven’t taken a class and don’t already know CPR, you’ve come to the right place! While the steps are relatively easy, it is important to know the lifesaving technique in the case of an emergency. Check out our CPR how to!
CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, can be done in 3 simple steps:
- CALL 911-First, before beginning the physical steps of CPR, check the victim for responsiveness. If the person is 1) not responding or 2) not breathing/not breathing normally, call 911 immediately. In most situations, the emergency dispatcher can assist you with CPR instructions. However, having a previous “CPR how to,” whether it be in a class or simply this guide, can be extremely beneficial as it gives you prior experience and familiarity with what the dispatcher instructs.
- PUMP-The next step is to begin chest compressions. The victim should be on their back (if they aren’t already). Push down 2 inches in the center of their chest 30 times. Pump faster than once per second (at least 100/minute), and with force.
- BLOW-After pumping hard and fast, the next step is to blow. First, tilt the chin back and lift the victim’s chin. Pinch their nose and cover their open mouth with yours. Blow until you see the chest rise. Give 2 (1 second) breaths.
This 30 pump, 2 breath process should continue until help arrives. It is important to note, also, that the ratio of 30 pumps to 2 breaths is the same for two-person CPR (meaning 2 people assisting a victim with CPR). One person pumps and then stops to let the other person do breaths. Pumps and breaths should not be happening at the same time.
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