When it comes to medical emergencies, schools and universities are not immune to this kind of occurrence amongst staff or students. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, most commonly known as CPR, is an emergency procedure that is a combination of rescue breathing and chest compression as cardiac arrest reversal efforts. Although CPR will likely not restart the heart, it will most certainly buy time for it’s victim until help can arrive. The purpose of CPR is to generate oxygenated blood to the vital organs and body parts that help reduce the likelihood of brain damage and/or death.
Teachers, professors and even other students can benefit hugely by knowing CPR. Being a very simple procedure, it can be administered during the most critical time when waiting for paramedics to arrive, and quite frankly, because it saves lives.
A one-day CPR class can teach students all the steps necessary to potentially save a life should the situation arise. Many medical emergencies demonstrate just how many Americans still do not know CPR, which in many cases causes onlookers to be unable to react during the most critical time of a heart event. Learning the process of calling 911 immediately, then beginning chest compressions at a rate of 100 per minute, combined with mouth to mouth resuscitation increments can also help provide the paramedics with valuable information regarding the time that has passed since the paramedics arrived.
By a teacher or instructor providing CPR, they can prevent brain damage that can occur due to a lack of oxygen to the brain until medical help arrives. This easy procedure can ensure not only that the victim survives the heart event, but also return to a normal life. It is important for everyone possible, (particularly in a large institution like schools, colleges or universities) to know CPR in the event of an emergency.
CPR is only effective if administered within six to seven minutes after the cessation of blood flow through the victim’s body. It can most certainly take paramedics longer than six to seven minutes to arrive on scene, making it paramount that someone start cardiopulmonary resuscitation while waiting for medics to arrive. Once medical help is on the scene, they can begin performing electrical shock defibrillation on the heart, which will hopefully restart it. And thanks to the CPR being administered before they arrived, the victim may in fact survive and be far more likely to return to his or her normal lifestyle.
Importantly, many people do not realize just how critical knowing CPR can be. For instance, did you know that it can take only one moment for a child to drown? Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death amongst children ages one through four. Further, 88% of cardiac arrests happen at home and only 6.4% of these victims survive because the family and friends witnessing the event did not know or attempt CPR. And most compellingly, over 200,000 people die each year due to the onset of sudden cardiac arrest, and of these 200,000 deaths, 50,000 could have been prevented had CPR only been administered. Women in particular are at risk for this-women are less likely to be revived by paramedics. The life you may learn to save could be your own loved one.
It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is for all of our school’s teachers/professors and professionals both in and out of school to know and practice CPR. Unfortunately, healthcare professionals cannot be everywhere at once, and there could likely be a situation you find yourself in where you are potentially the sole and only person who can help. Not only is learning CPR easy, but this could literally be the key factor in saving someone’s life or be witness to watching them die. Take in hand the power of knowing CPR in your institution- better yet, ask for a group lunch and learn to educate many at once.
Learn to be able to save someone’s life!