A couple of weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a CRP class taught by One Beat CPR and let me tell you, it was an incredible learning experience.
One Beat CPR was created 12 years ago by Lon Rosen, a firefighter whose mission is to teach everybody the proper way to do CPR. One Beat teaches in classrooms, businesses and in their own training center in Ft. Lauderdale.
In my personal opinion, it is imperative that everyone learns CRP. You never know what you can encounter out there. Just the other day we were at a restaurant and a child started choking, his mom panicked and started screaming “Help!”. My mother in one swift motion grabbed the little kid and performed the heimlich on him. The child was lucky that my mom was there.. But what if it’s your own child? Would you panic?. Probably, but NOW you know what to do and how to help him/her in case of an emergency.
My class was taught by Brian Schnell who is a police officer with more than 15 years experience. He was a great teacher offering some of his personal experiences in the line of duty. You may not be aware but police officers are much capable of performing CPR and using the heart Defibrillator.
With this post, I am going to show you a few procedures so you can be a little aware of what to do.. But I highly suggest you take their class so you can appreciate a more hands on approach.
When it comes to CPR 3 big reasons why people don’t stop to help:
1) Afraid you will get sued: in reality nobody CAN’T sue you if you hurt them while performing life saving procedures.
2) Afraid of Germs: use a special mask when you are doing mouth to mouth. These masks have to be used only ONE Time and you can them for free at tons of places.
3) The person in distress hasn’t given consent: The victim does not need to give you consent if they are unconscious or unable to respond. If the person is a child you need to ask their parents first. If no parent is around it’s called ïmplied consent” and you can help them out.
Basics on CPR:
-The first thing you need to do is CALL 911.
-Proceed to C-A-B. Meaning Check for a pulse, airways and respiration.
-If you don’t feel a pulse it’s time to do CPR
-CPR consists on 2 different procedures: Chest compressions and mouth to mouth. Usually they recommend doing 30 chest compressions then do 2 mouth to mouth (using a mask). If the person is still not breathing on its own repeat the process again.
-When you don’t feel a pulse the best thing to use is a Heart Defibrillator. Thankfully this machine is available in most schools and public places. If your kids school does not have one, be sure to request one… It can save lives!
Here’s a video demonstrating how to do chest compressions:
For more information check out One Beat CPR here and schedule your class!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary class and a gift bag to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% mine
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