CPR is an emergency procedure used to treat victims of cardiac and respiratory arrest. CPR can be done in a hospital with drugs and special equipment or as a first-aid technique. In either case it is done with great urgency to avoid the brain damage or death that result from four to six minutes without oxygen.

Here are 4 steps to follow if you need to complete CPR:

  • Give 30 chest compressions, then 2 rescue breaths.
  • Continue giving cycles of 30 compressions to 2 rescue breathes.
  • Only stop to recheck the patient if they start breathing normally, otherwise do not interrupt resuscitation.
  • If there is more than one rescuer, change over every 2 minutes to prevent fatigue.

Look out for more Resuscitation blog posts coming soon with more CPR information.

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Posted on October 18th 2011

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