As health professionals, we’re trained in CPR and performing CPR is something we don’t even think about. We respond automatically if a patient’s coding in the hospital or if we encounter someone who suddenly collapses on the street or is unconscious. Our training is extensive.
For the layperson
For the layperson that has no training, it can be scary to think that all of a sudden you witness someone dropping to the floor and you’re going to be pushing down hard and fast on their chest.
But think about this
By acting quickly and initiating Hands-Only CPR, the victim who lies motionless, could be someone’s dad, mother, grandpa, grandma, brother, uncle, son, sister, aunt, daughter; someone who has a family to get back to. You can help literally save this person’s life.
While it might be frightening, you can be in charge and initiate Hands-Only CPR right away. This person will have a greater chance of surviving because you started CPR before the professionals arrived.
Here are my tips to help you get started, and to help relieve any uncertainty you may have.