Quick: the love of your life (be it a significant other or family member) clutches their chest in agony.
They scream a terrifying scream that shakes you to your bones. They fall to the floor – it looks like they stopped breathing.
Maybe it’s a stranger you meet in the street.. They have only minutes to live. They may be soon gone from this life unless someone saves them. If only, somehow, someone knew basic CPR.
On paper, performing CPR is a piece of cake. Simply breathe into their mouth, and push the chest in for a five count to get the air into their lungs, and repeat. Seems simple, right? Who needs training for that?
Well, if you don’t know how to perform CPR safely, here is a list of dangers:
- You could break the ribcage (especially in the elderly and children)
- You could puncture the lung and liver
- You could bruise the heart and liver
- You could force stomach contents up and cause vomiting
As well as spreading potential diseases – if not using a proper barrier mask. With that said, here are several reasons why everyone needs to know basic CPR.
1. CPR Stops Death
In the U.S. alone, over 300,000 people have cardiac arrest. (That is a terrifyingly high number.) What cardiac arrest means is the heart cannot pump blood to the rest of the body. When this happens, consciousness is lost and breathing stops.
When the body cannot get its circulation going, death is inevitable. CPR is 100% responsible for keeping a person’s blood circulating long enough until paramedics arrive.
Performing CPR does more for the victim than staring at them, sobbing, wishing there’s something someone can do.
2. Safety and Confidence
The American Heart Association made the wise decision to open CPR training in schools.
Because children who are taught how to save lives (at a younger age) will be much more valuable as adults. Imagine being friends (or lover) with someone who knows how to save your life. It’s akin to walking the streets at night with a friend who knows a martial art. You simply feel safer with this person.
3. Not Everyone Knows CPR
Cardiac arrest can happen literally anywhere – there is no appointment, no schedule, rhyme or reason to these attacks.
They can happen at home, school, church, work, at the movies – anywhere and everywhere at any time.
This is scary stuff. And, what’s worse is… over 90% of people who have cardiac arrest (outside of hospitals) die. Considering how easy it is to find local CPR training classes, this statistic is inexcusable in today’s world.
4. No Mouth Use
CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation are two different things.
Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation refers to people who are qualified to use this CPR technique.
People who have received no training should not attempt mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. (When your pipes burst, would you trust a man who doesn’t know how to fix your bathroom pipes?)
There is a technique called hands-only CPR for people who don’t have resuscitation skills or are simply uncomfortable with the procedure. Hands-only CPR can be just as an effective of a revival process in many cases.
5. More Attractive to Employers
The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) makes CPR training mandatory for healthcare, industry, education and a variety of other fields.
Imagine how much more attractive you will be to potential employers when, at the interview and they look over your resume, they see “Certified CPR Specialist” as a skill – and even have CPR Certification to boot.
You are trained to save lives – do you think that makes you an asset, compared to someone who isn’t trained? (Yes, it does make you an asset.)
. The only excuse for not having basic CPR training is laziness and a false idea that cardiac arrests will never happen to you (or someone you know). Knowing how to perform CPR on someone who’s blood stops pumping is literally the only way to save their life.
Don’t be responsible for someone’s death because you (or people you know) didn’t have the time or effort to learn basic CPR.