Cardiopulmonary ResuscitationFriday, December 24, 2010
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a life-saving technique that helps maintain some blood flow to the brain and heart, and can help buy time until paramedics arrive with more advanced care. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some life-saving information on CPR in todays 60 Second Housecall.
When the heart stops beating, only a few minutes remain before that person dies, unless circulation returns or is restored. Providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a way to keep some circulation going until expert help arrives.
Before doing anything, call for help by dialing 9-1-1. Have someone bring an automated external defibrillator, if one is available.
After confirming that the patient does not respond and is unconscious, check if the patient is breathing. If not, open the airway by gently lifting the chin upward. If the patient is not breathing, immediately start CPR by administering two breaths and beginning chest compressions.
To perform chest compressions, place the heel of one hand on the middle of the breastbone, and put your other hand on top. Press hard, straight down, at about 100 times per minute. If there is no pulse, resume chest compressions and continue until trained help arrives.
Knowing how to perform basic CPR could save the life of a loved one, a colleague or a neighbor.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.