CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies. These include heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone begin CPR with chest compressions. This pertains to both medical personnel and untrained bystanders alike.
Even if you’re not sure that your knowledge or abilities aren’t up to par, it’s far better to do something than to do nothing at all. The difference between your doing something and doing nothing could be a person’s life.
An estimated 92% of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital. However, statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival. CPR should be known by at least one employee in certain professions and facilities. At least one person in a daycare should know CPR. At least one person on an ocean vessel that travels away from the mainland should know CPR. At least one person on a commercial airline or train crew should know CPR.