What is CPR?

Last Saturday, many football fans from around the world were left shocked as athlete, Christian Eriksen, collapsed during the Euro 2020 match between Finland and Denmark.

Doctors have since confirmed that the footballer had suffered from a cardiac arrest. Luckily, a team of medical professionals were able to swiftly treat the athlete by performing CPR on him.

This lifesaving technique undoubtedly saved him.

This tragic event serves as a reminder of just how important it is that everyone learns at least basic first aid and CPR. Training in these areas can potentially save lives.

So, what is CPR?

CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

It is a first-aid technique that involves performing chest compressions and rescue breaths on the victim. Basically, this action replaces the role of some of the vital organs by pumping blood and oxygen around the body.

CPR can be used in emergencies such as hearts attacks or a near-drowning, where the individual's breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

The British Heart Foundation recommends that people perform CPR even if they are somewhat unsure of how to do so; something is better than nothing. But, of course, first-aid training and CPR knowledge are extremely important.

How do I perform CPR?

If you witness a cardiac arrest, you must call 999 and start CPR immediately.

Due to the current pandemic, there are some minor changes to how CPR is to be performed, Here are the current steps as set out by BHF:

Step 1: Shake and shout for help.

Step 2: Call 999.

Step 3: Don't put your face close to theirs. If you think there's a risk of infection, use a towel or a piece of clothing and lay it over their mouth and nose.

Step 4: Give chest compressions only - do not give rescue breaths.

Step 5: Continue until an ambulance arrives.

Step 6: After the ambulance has taken over wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel.

Learning CPR and memorising these steps could save someone's life.


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