What is CPR?
What is CPR and how does it help?
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (widely known as CPR) is a first aid technique used in the event of a first aider discovering an unconscious non breathing casualty.
It is a lifesaving skill taught on all major first aid training courses. Rescue breaths provide a desperately needed injection of oxygen to the casualty’s body and the chest compressions help to simulate the action of the heart pumping this oxygenated blood around the body. Very simplistically effective CPR takes over the role of the heart and the lungs until a working heartbeat and breathing return or until emergency services are able to put the casualty onto advanced life support.
Guidelines as to how many chest compressions and breaths to take change at regular intervals based on what is currently deemed best practice. Current guidance from the NHS can be viewed here.
To raise awareness on CPR and to make people more comfortable performing it the British Heart Foundation produced a high profile television advert with former football professional Vinnie Jones
In the video Vinnie performs CPR to the beat of the Bee Gees hit 1977 classic Stayin’ Alive providing an easy to remember pacing for chest compressions. This particular campaign discussed hands only CPR so that anybody not comfortable performing rescue breaths would still understand the benefits of performing chest compressions until emergency services can reach the scene.
Should you ever need to perform CPR as a first aider you may choose to use a resuscitation face shield. This will protect both the casualty and the first aider from cross contamination and if they make first aiders feel safe and protected whilst giving rescue breaths they are a must have essential. Here at FirstAid4Less we offer a wide selection of face shields. Our best seller comes supplied in a handy key fob meaning you can keep this life saving essential on your person ready to use in an instant. We also offer the Vent Aid Resuscitation Device in cost effective bundles of 10 meaning if you are buying for a group of first aiders you can issue them out to a large number of people for just £9.25.
In addition to CPR, defibrillators are also becoming increasingly prevalent throughout the UK. Many workplaces are choosing to keep one on site and they are also becoming increasingly common in public spaces and are there for anyone to use in the case of an emergency. They are very easy to use and although the different options on the market may look slightly different they all broadly work in the same manner. Defibrillators dramatically improve the chances of survival over and above traditional CPR. Should it be something you wish to consider we highly recommend taking a look at the guide to defibrillators.