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The Beginner’s Guide to CPR and AED

The Beginner’s Guide to CPR and AED

The Beginner’s Guide to CPR and AED

It is unfortunate that cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the country and often occurs outside a hospital setting. This means that bystanders, family members, coworkers, and anyone nearby during an emergency need to be prepared to provide life-saving care to the victim. CPR certification is crucial in preventing further damage to the victim's vital organs, and that's why it needs to be done correctly. At Quick CPR, we ensure that our CPR classes combine early defibrillation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to enhance the procedure's effectiveness in the initial minutes following a cardiac emergency. Let's break down the basic steps of CPR and how to use an AED.

Basic CPR Steps

There's no doubt that chest compressions performed by a trained individual can save lives. Conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation can restore limited oxygen to the brain and other vital organs via rescue breaths combined with chest compressions. We believe that high-quality chest compressions are the foundation of executing CPR effectively. We show you how to position yourself during CPR training before proceeding with the procedure to enhance its effectiveness and give the victim a fighting chance.

Start by kneeling on either side of the person's chest, and place the heel of your hand on the center of the chest, specifically on the lower half of the breastbone. Place the heel of the other hand on top of the other and ensure they are parallel to each other. Your shoulders should be directly above your hands in a straight position to lock the elbows. Once you are in the correct position, you can start performing CPR.

For successful resuscitation, the recommended speed should be 100-120 compressions per minute, combined with rescue breaths. Push hard and deep using your upper body weight to compress the chest not more than two inches. It is crucial to allow for complete chest recoil after every compression by lifting all your weight off the victim's chest.

How to Use an AED

Automatic external defibrillators deliver an electric shock to restore the heart's regular contractions. While different types of AEDs have varying designs, they operate similarly. Our professional team of instructors ensures that all the bases are covered during our personalized CPR classes so that you have the confidence needed to take charge of the situation.

The first step to using an AED is to press a power button or open the lid. Once you have turned on the equipment, bare the victim's chest and ensure that the AED comes into direct contact with the person's skin. The pads have illustrations to guide first-time users on the proper placement technique. The AED will prompt you so that you can clear the victim and deliver a shock. Ensure that everyone around is at a safe distance to avoid accidental electrocutions.

We guarantee individualized services to help you save lives when a medical emergency arises. It is vital to revert to CPR after a shock has been delivered so that the AED can periodically analyze the heart's rhythm and provide voice prompts. Contact us today and enroll for CPR training at Quick CPR.