Why all parents should know CPR

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Accidents happen in the homes of ordinary people every day. Sometimes, an ambulance may be too far away to get to the scene of an emergency in time, so knowing CPR could be the difference between life and death in a medical emergency.

When CPR and first aid are applied in time, the damage done to the victim’s body can be minimised and his/her blood can keep flowing until professional medical help arrives to revive them and give them more extensive care, explains Canberra First Aid.

Having children means that you may be in the emergency room more than usual, but if you can’t get to a hospital in time, it is important that you learn CPR as a parent. As difficult as it is to imagine anything happening to your child, rather be on the safe side and learn the techniques needed to save a life.

 

What is CPR, exactly?

If the heart stops beating, it is known as a cardiac arrest. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve brain function. CPR is usually performed until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest.

 

Why do you need to know how to do CPR?

Certain injuries can cause one to stop breathing. If there is no breath, blood cannot circulate, which means the brain will be starved of oxygen. Someone who isn’t attended to as quickly as possible can suffer permanent brain damage or even die in as little as eight minutes, says the Child Development Institute.

More reasons for parents to learn how to do CPR include:

Accidents

Near-drowning

Suffocation

Poisoning

Smoke inhalation

Electrocution injuries

Possible sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

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