CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. CPR uses your breath and your hands to provide oxygen rich blood to the brain and heart of a victim in cardiac arrest, until defibrillation and more advanced care can be given. Effective bystander CPR plus the prompt use of an AED, can double a victim's chance of survival for witnessed cardiac arrest. CPR is easy to learn. Take an AHA CPR class every two years and routinely review the procedure to ensure that you'll be ready in an emergency.
❤ What is an AED?
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. Most cases of cardiac arrest are a result of ventricular fibrillation, which is a chaotic and ineffective heart rhythm. AEDs evaluate a victim's heart rhythm then generate and deliver a shock if necessary. AEDs are used only on victims with no normal breathing and no pulse. The PAD (Public Access Defibrillation) program is one of the most important advances in public health. Through PAD, AEDs are made widely available in public places like airports, malls, and stadiums, for use by certified responders. In all classes taught by AnneAerobic, you will learn to use an AED.
❤ What are the basics of CPR*?
Upon finding an unresponsive adult who is not breathing normally: CALL 911 and get the AED if available.
C - Remove clothing from the victim's chest and place the heel of one hand with the other hand on top, at the center of the chest between the nipples. Give 30 compressions. Press hard and press fast.
A - Open the airway by gently tilting the forehead and lifting the chin.
B - Give 2 breaths. (Note: If you do not feel comfortable giving breaths, do continuous compressions instead. Hands only CPR is an excellent alternative for adults in sudden cardiac arrest.)
Give cycles of 30 compressions and 2 breaths until the AED arrives or EMS takes over.
D - Power on and attach Automated External Defibrillator as soon as it is available. Follow voice prompts.
*This page cannot teach you CPR. Please consult the AHA CPR Manual for a more detailed description of techniques.