WHY IS CPR IMPORTANT?
When we hear of Cardiac Arrest, what comes to mind? Cardiac arrest happens when a person’s heart stops beating. In most of these situations, when cardiac arrest occurs, we may feel helpless and lost as we wait for the first responders to arrive or when we are stuck in traffic trying to reach the nearest health facility. Even when you do, it is sometimes too late as the damage has already been done.
However, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the best ways to restore the partial flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and heart.
You might ask, what exactly is CPR?
CPR is an emergency procedure performed when a person’s heart stops beating. It is a combination of chest compressions and artificial breathing, which helps preserve the normal brain’s functions, like pumping blood to various tissues and organs. Oxygen deprivation could lead to organ failure.
When someone goes into cardiac arrest, it could be fatal within the first few minutes if CPR is not performed. We may think that this is only a skill for the healthcare workers and first responders, but that is far from the truth. Everybody needs to learn CPR as a skill as it can save lives before further help arrives. It increases the chances of survival by 100%.
As an everyday person, why is CPR knowledge important?
- It saves lives
Recent studies have shown that up to 90% of the reported cases of cardiac arrest happened outside health facilities. While this is a worrying trend, we are left wondering how many bystanders, relatives, colleagues, siblings, or even parents know CPR; if this could happen to you or someone you knew, would they stand a chance to fight? Would you “buy them” a bit more time, perhaps some minutes? Many times that bit more time is all you need.
- Easy to learn
With our busy lives and ever-increasing responsibilities, taking up an extra responsibility could seem ridiculous. Luckily, CPR is not a hard skill to learn, as it does not require prior medical training and knowledge. Keep your family, friends, and those around you safe with simple, easy to understand steps.
We have seen how CPR needs to be an essential part of lives; we stand a chance to make a difference in our own lives and others, extraordinary service to humanity.
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