CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is an emergency procedure performed on people suffering from cardiac arrest. The purpose of CPR is to keep a continuous flow of oxygen to the lungs and brain until the individual regains consciousness. Without oxygen, the human brain can only last about five minutes until permanent damage is done. By performing CPR the window of opportunity for survival is increased until emergency care can arrive.
CPR is rarely enough for survival on its own, and why it is so critical to call 9-1-1 and get professional medical help on the way as quickly as possible.
CPR is performed by alternating chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing. The new standards set by the American Heart Association are 30 compressions followed by 2 breathes and then back to chest compressions immediately. This cycle is repeated until the person regains consciousness or professional help arrives.
CPR is performed on people who have drowned, suffered a heart attack, or have experienced a drug overdose or poisoning. CPR can be performed on adults, kids, babies and even animals.
On animals CPR is performed by pressing on the left side (upper part of the ribcage) and blowing air into the nose, not the mouth.
CPR is important for everyone to know – not just medical professionals. If you have children, it is especially important for you to know proper CPR. At the NTX CPR we would love to help you learn CPR. Give us a call today to see just how easy it is.