We all know that CPR saves lives, but did you know many life-saving CPR actions are actually performed by a bystander just like you and me?
Sometimes you are the first responder on the scene. What happens when things don’t work out the way they should? The area may be remote. Your phone may not get a signal. It may be difficult for professionals to get to the injured person. Or there simply may not be time. What do you do?
You may be able to help if you have some basic skills.
I’ve never given a second thought to assisting someone in need for fear of being sued or refused to assist anyone in need. So far, no one I’ve assisted ever wanted to sue me for it but I did get a lovely gift basket or two from grateful families and friends. It was my choice to assist, but the point is that I had a choice because I had the skills. I could choose whether or not to become involved because I knew how to administer basic techniques.
And if I can do it, so can you.
The American Red Cross offers a simple Hands-Only version that is very handy to know and use.
This instructor-led session covers Infant CPR. It is performed differently and a must-know for parents, grand parents, child care workers, babysitters and members of families with children.
Nothing can replace the care of a qualified professional. When giving first aid, especially when you’re not sure what’s happened to them, it is best not to diagnose a condition and only treat the obvious emergency with common sense and basic skills. If someone is not breathing or they have had a heart attack, CPR – and your ability to perform it – can make all the difference.
Thank you for helping to save lives, maintain strong communities and be prepared.