What is CPR?

by Elizabeth Shaw -

What is CPR?Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, better known as CPR is an emergency procedure consisting of mouth-to-mouth respiration and chest compressions. CPR, with rescue breaths, allows oxygenated blood to circulate to vital organs. Organs such as the brain and heart. CPR can also keep a person alive, or as some put it, “dead” until further treatment can be administered to help the victim in cardiac arrest. CPR started by a bystander doubles the likelihood of survival for victims of cardiac arrest, which can occur after electric shock, drowning, or heart attack.

CPR is a combination of rescue breaths and chest compression. This is because rescue breaths fill the victim’s lungs with oxygen, and compressions provide the victim with oxygen-rich blood until a heartbeat and normal breathing are once again present. CPR is most important because if blood flow stops, permanent brain damage or death can occur within minutes.  Recent reports show that a return to health can occur after 38 minutes of CPR, however.  It is very important that blood flow and breathing be continued until the next level of trained medical help arrives.

If you’re looking for CPR training, check out ProCPR.org, and for our free CPR training program built especially for high school students, check out Student CPR for information, and School CPR for updates.

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