Thursday, March 25, 2010

Newest "Hands Only" Methods

Recent studies have shown that new lifesaving techniques can be as effective, if not more effective than ones previously taught. We all know that sometimes an obstacle to a bystander performing CPR may be a hesitation to perform mouth to mouth breathing resuscitation on a stranger. Well the newest methods being taught include a "hands only" method that consists of NO mouth to mouth. This new method can be easily used by almost anyone, regardless of their training or experience.

When someone collapses or is in need of cpr, the single most important thing is to keep blood flowing to vital organs. This blood flow can only be accomplished with a beating heart, or a simulated beating heart.

The standard to cpr is 30 chest compressions followed by 2 breaths, then check for a pulse and breathing. This continues until help arrives.

If you are unable or unwilling to perform the breaths. Simply follow the steps below:

1-     Tap and Shout: "Are you OK, Are you OK?"
2-     Check for breathing and pulse.
3-     If victim is breathing, place them on their side, AKA the "recovery position" If victim is not breathing, and it is safe to do so; place victim flat on their back.
4-     If victim is not breathing; Perform 30 chest compressions, then pause and check pulse, and look and feel for breathing.
5-     If victim begins breathing, place them in the recovery position. If victim is still not breathing, repeat procedure until help arrives.

Please remember, YOU CAN SAVE A LIFE. Do not be afraid to perform CPR, do not hesitate if you are afraid to perform Mouth-to-Mouth on a stranger.

If the victim is not breathing and their heart is stopped, it is virtually impossible for you to do anymore damage than what has already occurred.

If you would like to review a complete cpr course, please visit and review any courses for free. If your employer requires a certification card, one can be purchased starting at only $19.95 upon succesful completion of the course and test. You can print your certification immediately and a signed hard copy goes in the mail within 24 hours.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Neighbors save drowning toddler with CPR

The following article is from WSVN News in Fort Lauderdale FL. It illustrates the importance for EVERYONE to know the basics of CPR.  We never know what we will encounter as we go about our daily lives. When we all wake up in the morning we never know the people we will see, the adversities we may face or the situations we may find ourselves in.

Our companion website, features American Heart Association compliant CPR certification courses, First Aid certification courses, CPR courses for Healthcare Providers and Professional Rescuers. Anyone can visit our site and take the complete course for absolutely FREE! If you need a certification, they can be purchased for only $14.95!

Please, take our CPR course, whether you purchase the certification or take the free course. If ever faced with a situation in which you may need to save someone's life, we want you to have the skills and knowledge necessary.

This baby gets to sleep at home tonight, and will live a long, happy life because someone knew CPR.

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two neighbors are being hailed heroes after rescuing a 19-month-old from drowning in a community lake Monday.
"It's a horrible, horrible feeling and I don't wish it upon any other mother," said Stacey Williams.
Williams almost lost her one and only son, Marcus. "He's my one and only child, so, I'm very happy he's here," she said.
Williams had Dacosta Rohan and Zikiya Gines to thank for saving her son. "It's just amazing, because if she didn't do that, he would've died," she said. His stomach was completely filled up with water. She just saw his legs and arms moving and kicking and she did CPR right away."
Gines and her boyfriend, Rohan, pulled the boy from the lake of their North Lauderdale home. When Rohan looked out of the window toward the water, he thought he saw a turtle, but it turned out to be the toddler. The boy fell in while playing a game of hide-and-seek with his dad. "I think that's when he slipped through the door. So, the dad thought he was in there watching TV, said he was kind of quiet for awhile, and then he heard screaming," said Williams. "That's when he looked out to see what was going on and noticed Marcus was missing and he ran out."
By that time, the couple had already sprung into action. "So, finally we opened the screen door and I jumped into the lake. By the time we jumped into the lake, the baby had stopped kicking," said Rohan.
That's when his girlfriend's flight attendant training kicked in. "It just clicked. So, I start doing my compressions. I'm like, one, two, three and he started throwing up and I flipped him over and I started doing my compressions again," said Gines. "I did the whole, flight attendant training, it just kicked right in."
The couple then drove the child to Plantation hospital. "The doctor came out and gave us a hug and was like, you did a good job," said Gines, who was moved to tears, "We saved a life."
Williams also cried when it dawned on her that if it weren't for the deeds of her neighbors, her son would've drowned. "He would've been gone," she wept, "so, I'm very grateful he's alive."
The boy will remain at Plantation hospital for the next two days for observation.
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