A Kiss is known the communication of love
Kiss is known the communication of love between two individuals. Of all the many first aid techniques that we can learn Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is surely one of the most important. CPR is often called the kiss of life and this kiss can literally be a lifesaver. The importance of CPR cannot be underestimated. Correct, hands application can be the difference between life and death during that sometimes agonising period of time between someone collapsing and professional medical help getting to the scene.
It would be easy for us to freeze in the face of such a situation but the technique is not really all that hard so no one should be afraid to learn how to do it, and then be prepared to practice it in a real emergency.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life saving first aid intervention that can be used if someone’s heart has stopped or they are not breathing properly. What should i do Hands only cpr vs mouth to mouth? Administering CPR ensures that blood and oxygen keeps circulating around the injured person’s body. Before administering CPR it is important to ensure an ambulance has been called (999 or 112 ). You must also ensure the area is safe for you and the injured party. If the area is safe, you can then start CPR.
But what sort of CPR should you give – hands only or mouth to mouth?
Mouth to mouth resuscitation is the gold standard of CPR and involves administering chest compressions and rescue breaths. It ensures a continuing oxygen supply as well as maintaining the flow of blood around the body.
With hands-only CPR there are no rescue breaths, only chest compressions. It should be used by those who have not been trained in CPR or who are not comfortable with administering mouth to mouth for any reason. Hands-only CPR will ensure that the blood continues to pump around the body, giving time for the ambulance to arrive.
How do I administer hands-only CPR?
- Position heel of your hand on breastbone at center of casualty’s chest. Place second hand on top of first and interlock fingers
- Ensure your shoulders are above your hands.
- Using your body weight, press down to 5-6cm depth. Repeat at rate of approximately 100 compressions per minute until ambulance arrive
- For children or babies under one, see below.
- How do I administer mouth to mouth CPR?
a) Conduct chest compressions as described above.
b) After 30 compressions, tilt person’s head gently and lift the chin up with two fingers. Remove any visible obstructions in nose or mouth. Pinch the nose. Place your mouth over their mouth creating a seal. Blow steadily and firmly into their mouth. Check their chest rises. Give two breaths.
c) Continue with cycles of 30 compressions and two rescue breaths until they recover or the ambulance arrives.
Children over one
a) Place one hand on child’s forehead and gently tilt their head back whilst lifting their chin. Remove any visible obstructions in the nose or mouth. Pinch the soft part of the nose. Place your mouth over their mouth creating a seal. Blow steadily and firmly into their mouth. Check their chest rises. Give five rescue breaths.
b) Position heel of your hand in the center of the child’s chest. Press down by at least one-third of the depth of the chest. Release pressure and repeat at steady rate giving approximately 100 compressions per minute. If you cannot exert sufficient pressure with one hand use two.
c) After 15 chest compressions give two breaths.
d) Continue with cycles of 30 compressions and two rescue breaths until they recover or the ambulance arrives.
Babies under one
e) Give five rescue breaths as described above.
a) Position two fingers in the middle of the chest and press down to one-third of the depth of the chest. If you cannot compress to the required depth, use the heel of one hand.
b) Following 15 compressions at a rate of 100 per minute, administer two rescue breaths.
c) Continue with cycles of 30 compressions and two rescue breaths until they recover or the ambulance arrives
One out of three people do not know whowto start CPR. If in doubt Hard andf Fast you can still save a life. Or come to a free cpr Heartstart training. It may just save someone’s life.
By all means read up on a few authoritative websites like NHS Direct, the Red Cross or St Johns Ambulance just to get some background information but that should be as far as your “virtual” training should go. Having got a taste for the subject you should then enroll at your nearest practical CPR and first aid training course. There is no doubt that they will be delighted to see you!
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Heart disease, especially, is all too common and there is never any warning that someone is going to have an attack. Think how wonderful a feeling it would be if you were the one in that supermarket aisle who had the confidence and the skill to apply the right CPR and first aid techniques to keep the heart pumping until the ambulance gets there. The same would apply if someone has collapsed for some other reason – knowing how to deal with them to make them comfortable and keep them breathing is crucial at such a time. Getting the person into the recovery position; monitoring their breathing and pulse rate; keeping them reassured and talking to them – all of these things are vital elements of first aid and will go a long way to keeping a person alive. So the Next time we kiss think Kiss of life.