Saving Lives: A Step-by-Step Guide to Performing CPR
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving technique that can help revive a person who has stopped breathing or whose heart has stopped beating. Knowing how to perform CPR can make all the difference in an emergency situation. In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to perform CPR.
Step 1: Check for responsiveness
The first step in performing CPR is to check if the person is responsive. Tap the person’s shoulder and shout, “Are you okay?” If there is no response, call for emergency medical services immediately.
Step 2: Open the airway
Next, open the person’s airway by tilting their head back and lifting their chin. This will help ensure that air can flow freely into their lungs.
Step 3: Check for breathing
Check if the person is breathing by placing your ear close to their mouth and nose. Look for chest movement and listen for breathing sounds. If the person is not breathing, start CPR immediately.
Step 4: Perform chest compressions
Place the heel of one hand on the center of the person’s chest, between the nipples. Place your other hand on top of the first hand and interlock your fingers. Press down on the chest about 2 inches deep, at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute. Continue performing chest compressions until help arrives.
Step 5: Give rescue breaths
After 30 chest compressions, give two rescue breaths. Tilt the person’s head back and lift their chin. Pinch their nose shut and give two breaths into their mouth, watching for chest rise. If the breaths do not go in, reposition the head and try again.
Step 6: Continue CPR
Continue performing cycles of 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths until help arrives or the person starts breathing on their own.
Performing CPR can be a daunting task, but it can save a life. Remember to call for emergency medical services immediately and follow these steps to perform CPR. To ensure that you are prepared for an emergency situation, download the Fitpaa app. Fitpaa provides personalized health and fitness plans, including emergency response training, to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. With Fitpaa, you can be confident in your ability to handle any situation that comes your way. Stay safe and healthy!