There are thousands of websites online that offer information on how to deal with medical emergencies. In seconds, people can Google the next steps. However, there is nothing that can replace the assurance of having a first aid responder on site. Responders receive training to deal with all kinds of emergencies and can perform CPR as well.
However, if you find yourself in a situation where you have to administer CPR, it is best to prepare. Here are some tips regarding the dos and don’ts of CPR.
Ask For Permission
To safeguard your own rights, make sure you ask for consent first. This is to safeguard the rights of those who are offering voluntary help in case the victim does not make it. If the person is unconscious, you may ask another person with them. if they are alone and unconscious, then consent may be accepted.
Call Emergency Services
The first step is to call emergency services. You can then start attending to the victim. Do not start administering CPR right away. If there are others on the scene, you may ask someone else to call the ER.
No Bending At The Elbows
Performing CPR is an exhausting task and can take a long time. Make sure that you do not bend your elbows. Rather, prop yourself up by keeping your arms straight. Now use your back and shoulder muscles to move up and down.
This way you will be able to perform CPR for a longer time than exhausting your elbows. Only people who have had a CPR training course should administer CPR. This is important to ensure it is done in the proper way and proper rate.
Roll Victim On Their Side
Victims may often throw up or choke on liquids. To prevent this, roll them on their side. However, do not do this if you suspect they have a spinal injury. Or have received any form of trauma to their back.
Tie Up Any Wounds
Wounds that are oozing blood should be tied up tightly. Use a thick gauze and keep applying pressure. Do not remove the gauze even if it gets soaked. Preventing blood loss is an important step to ensure the victim reaches the ER with hope. If there is any foreign item, eg: a knife protruding from their body – do not move or dislodge it.
While these are some tips for beginners, it is best to wait for a first aid responder who knows what they are doing. You can also enroll in courses that teach first aid. Courses range from 3 days to weeks or longer. Basic first aid is one of the important life tips that everyone should know. Even a few minutes can be drastically important in certain cases.
First Aid Direct offers first-aid training courses that are recognized by the PHECC. They are TUSLA recommended and aim to educate on how to respond to all types of medical emergencies. Courses for food safety and online sessions are also available.