First Aid (cont.)
Basic First Aid
(CPR) is now easier than ever before. If a person is found unresponsive,
not breathing, and without a pulse, there are just a few steps a person can help
to assist the victim.
send somebody to call for help (dial 911 or activate an emergency response
system and get an automated external defibrillator if available),
- next start pushing hard and fast on the chest (keep the beat with the Bee Gees'
song Staying Alive). No need to perform mouth-to-mouth breathing. No need to count. Just
continue to push hard and fast on the chest until an AED is found or other help arrives.
This is a great video with actor Ken Jeong and the American Heart
instructions on how to perform CPR.
First aid involves more than cardiac emergencies. Other first aid emergencies
include choking, burns, broken bones,
and cuts that bleed.
Most first aid techniques are common sense, and the mantra when faced with a
medical crisis is "take your own pulse first." It is important to try to remain
calm and think of what should be done to help the victim. If the person who is
available to help cannot control their emotions, the victim may suffer.
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