I think it's good for everybody to know CPR. It's good for me, because I get to live - Jeff Wilson
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CPR is universally accepted worldwide as the emergency procedure of choice that is performed on people who have stopped breathing (respiratory arrest) or whose heart has stopped beating (cardiac arrest).
Contrary to popular belief, CPR is not meant to and is unlikely to restore a heartbeat. The objective of CPR is to keep the blood circulating, similar to 'priming the pump', until more advanced personnel arrive. CPR is just a part of the continuum of the medical management of cardiac arrest. If heart function is restored, it is usually by trained medical personnel with a medical device such as a defibrillator.
But, despite the advent of CPR, sudden cardiac arrest outcomes remain dismal. Unfortunately, because of confusion and the lack of knowledge about CPR, very few people are capable or willing to perform CPR during emergencies. It remains underutilized and misunderstood.
However, there are some heartening developments that should increase the incidence of bystander CPR.
Continued focus by the major advocate organizations on the promotion of bystander CPR - Studies have shown that bystander CPR is effective in improving the chances of survival of a cardiac arrest victim. In 1994 Swedish researchers reported that “cardiopulmonary resuscitation initiated by a bystander maintains ventricular fibrillation and triples the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest outside the hospital. Furthermore, it seems to protect against death in association with brain damage as well as with myocardial damage. Japanese researchers reported in 2007 that bystander-initiated cardiac-only resuscitation and conventional CPR are similarly effective for most adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. For very prolonged cardiac arrests, the addition of rescue breathing may help.
Ongoing simplification of CPR instruction - 'Hands-only CPR' is a good start. Not only is it easily understandable by both lay persons and medical professionals but it helps eliminate one of the major barriers to bystander CPR, mouth to mouth breathing. To facilitate counting 100 – number of compressions per minute the American Heart Association (AHA) trains people to time compressions to the tune of "Stayin' Alive" which has the right tempo.
Anybody can perform CPR, including children - According to a study by Austrian researchers. Kids as young as 9 years old who had received six hours of life support training could perform CPR correctly four months after the training. The study was performed to determine whether CPR training in schools is useful. It has been pointed out that young students may not have the physical strength and cognitive skills needed to correctly perform such complex tasks correctly. The study concluded that “students as young as 9 years are able to successfully and effectively learn basic life support skills including AED deployment, correct recovery position and emergency calling. As in adults, physical strength may limit depth of chest compressions and ventilation volumes but skill retention is good".
Bystander CPR is now considered an essential component in the continuum of care for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in EMS. - This management, called minimally interrupted cardiac resuscitation (MICR) technique probably produces the best chances for survival. Other terms used in this context are cardiocerebral resuscitation (CCR) or cardiac only resuscitation, or compression-only CPR. CCR entails three things; continuous chest compressions for bystander resuscitation, a new emergency medical services (EMS) algorithm and aggressive post-resuscitation care.
Promotion of widespread availability of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) and PADs, so-called public access defibrillation - CPR alone cannot restart the heart in almost all cases, other than in the group of people that develop cardiac arrest from respiratory arrest, as in near drowning. Defibrillation by applying an electric shock directly to the heart is necessary to reverse the most common cause of cardiac arrest, ventricular fibrillation.
This is where the AED comes in. AEDs are portable, battery-operated devices that can be used to administer an electric shock and are designed to be used by lay persons even without prior training. As soon as the AED is activated, visual and audio cues guide the rescuer through the whole procedure. Evidence suggests that PADs can make a difference.
Bottom Line - The simplified generic version of the procedure 'hands only CPR' may increase the incidence of CPR and make a difference in the dismal outcomes from cardiac arrest. But, it is only part of the picture. More emphasis needs to be placed on the availability of PADs. But, what's important is, not how well CPR was done, but whether it was done at all! And what is even more promising is that even children can do it with minimal instruction.
The message is clear – CPR Needs Resuscitation and Resuscitation needs CPR.
Automatic External Defibrillators - Truth & Fiction
Few innovations have had such immediate and sweeping popularity as Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). However, there is no centralized registry to collect data on the use and effectiveness of AEDs. What?
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to make it much easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their life saving skills to do just that…save lives! Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and empower them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Is There Hope?
Evidence suggests that the number of people resuscitated from Sudden Cardiac Arrest may double simply with the use of hypothermia. Yet, most EMS systems & hospitals still have not embraced it. Why?
The ACT Foundation is a multiple award-winning, national charitable organization with a mission to promote health and empower Canadians to save lives. Since its inception in 1985, the organization has concentrated its efforts on promoting citizen CPR training, early defibrillation programs and paramedic systems.
American Academy of CPR and First Aid
American Academy of CPR & First Aid provides training courses designed by a team of U.S board certified and licensed medical doctors.
Our certifications are signed by authorized board certified U.S medial doctors.
American Heart Association
As the world leader in CPR, first aid and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) training and education, the American Heart Association offers a variety of options for you to learn lifesaving skills. Locate a local training center to become an AHA Instructor or to choose courses for family members and friends, employees, or healthcare providers.
Australian Resuscitation Council
The ARC aims to foster and co-ordinate the practice and teaching of resuscitation, promote uniformity and standardisation of resuscitation, and act as a voluntary co-ordinating body
Citizen CPR Foundation
The mission of the Foundation is "to strengthen the Chain of Survival." The Foundation has three primary co-sponsors: the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Having a hard time fitting your CPR recertification requirement into your busy schedule? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
By choosing to receive your CPR and first aid certification online through CPRCertified.com, you can study on your own time. You can pause and resume videos, skip the subjects you already know, and take the online CPR certification test as soon as you feel ready.
This site provides you with information about CPR, but is not a stand-alone training resource. In order to be prepared to help others, you need to practice CPR and have your skills checked by a real person.
Discovery Fit & Health
Modern medicine has come up with a number of tools to combat cardiopulmonary arrest. Many of these emergency procedures require medical training and/or complex equipment, but one, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), can be used in the field by lay people with only a little bit of training.
Hands Only CPR
If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song "Stayin' Alive." CPR can more than double a person's chances of survival, and "Stayin' Alive" has the right beat for Hands-Only CPR.
Heart & Stroke Foundation
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure involving chest compressions (pressing down on the chest) and artificial respiration (rescue breathing). It has the power to restore blood flow to someone suffering cardiac arrest, keeping them alive until an ambulance arrives.
International CPR Institute
The International CPR Institute offers a blend of emergency care training. With a combination of online training and refresher courses as well as on-site training, corporations, large and small, have come to rely on us to train their employees effectively.
International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation
The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) was formed in 1992 to provide a forum for liaison between principal resuscitation organisations worldwide. Although the criteria for participation were not closely defined, member organisations were expected to have an accepted remit for creating resuscitation guidelines, preferably for more than one country, and to be multidisciplinary in membership.
Learn CPR You Can Do It
Learn CPR is a free public service supported by the University of Washington School of Medicine. Learn the basics of CPR - cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Updated with new CPR Guidelines issued by the American Heart Association and published in Circulation, March 31, 2008.
It's easy to become complacent with your CPR training, especially if a traditional class is the only CPR class you've ever known. Well, what if we told you there's a better way to learn?
Resuscitation Council UK
We provide education and reference materials
to healthcare professionals and the general public
in the most effective methods of resuscitation.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.
Super Sexy CPR
Now that we've got you interested in learning CPR and the abdominal thrust, go get properly certified by taking a class through one of the many certifying authorities in your local area.
ACLS Certification Institute
Mobile Training Solutions serves the advanced cardiac and basic life support certification needs of busy healthcare professionals. Our exclusive training solution - a computer-based, self-directed interactive certification system - allows you to receive an American Heart Association ACLS Healthcare Provider card or American Heart Association BLS Provider card, upon successful completion of the course.
American AED/CPR Association
The American AED/CPR Association has been providing training in CPR, First Aid, ACLS, PALS and First Responder for over a decade. We have recently expanded our curriculum to include Pet First Aid, Blood born Pathogens and our very popular Babysitter Safety Class.
American Healthcare Academy
American Health Care Academy offer Nationally Certified and easy to understand Online CPR and Online First Aid courses. Upon completion of the course, you will have developed a strong ability to respond in an emergency situation.
Find CPR, BLS, ACLS, PALS, EMT, First Aid and other emergency training classes from hundreds of training centers nationwide.
We also offer fully accredited online courses (BLS, ACLS and CPR) from safety organizations such as the American Heart Association ®.
The AHA ACLS courses cover ACLS algorithms, ACLS online simulators and ACLS protocols.
CPR may be done when a person stops breathing or the heart stops beating (like when a person has a heart attack). When it's possible that the person may get better, CPR is important.
However, when a patient has an advanced life-threatening illness (such as cancer) and is dying, CPR may not be the option to choose. It's important for the patient, family members and doctor to talk about this issue before the need arises.
Welcome to FirstAidWeb. Our unique self-guiding CPR course and First Aid course are a cost-effective, time-saving alternative for those individuals who need to learn the fundamentals of Basic Life Support but whose schedules may not permit lengthy lectures and expensive instructors.
Every parent should know how and when to administer CPR. When performed correctly, CPR can save a child's life by restoring breathing and circulation until advanced life support can be given by health care providers.
Less Stress Instructional Services
Emergencies happen. They strike us at work, at home, and often when we least expect them. Our corporate mission at Less Stress Instructional Services is to provide men and women with the tools, like CPR and first aid training, to deal with them properly. From municipal EMS training to corporate first aid teams to parental pediatric CPR classes, our goal is provide every individual who wants knowledge with the information and skills needed to deal with a tragedy.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped.
If you were with someone who had a heart attack or almost drowned, would you know what to do? If you know how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), you could save a life.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency medical procedure for a victim of cardiac arrest or, in some circumstances, respiratory arrest. CPR is performed in hospitals, or in the community by laypersons or by emergency response professionals.