Research has shown us that more than half of adults in Scotland have attended some type of CPR training in their lives (Scottish Health Survey 2019). Although the majority of people have had some training in the past, many still do not feel confident in their CPR abilities.
Perhaps you took a formal CPR course over 2 years ago, or you’ve watched an online video about CPR a while back and your memories about how to do CPR are a bit hazy. Maybe you’re thinking that CPR is something you should leave to the professionals. Let’s talk this through and address some of these points.
As with any other life-threatening medical emergencies, the most important step to remember is to call 999. The 999 call handler will be with you every step of the way until the ambulance arrives. They will explain how to do CPR and count the beats of chest compressions with you. So don’t worry if you can’t remember the exact steps of CPR or how often to press down, your 999 call handler will talk you through it.
Cardiac arrest is a life-threatening and time-sensitive emergency as the heart has stopped beating and no blood is flowing to the brain and other vital organs. Without CPR, the chances of that person surviving drops by 10% with every minute that passes. The patient cannot wait for the ambulance to arrive and it is crucial for any bystanders to start and continue CPR until the ambulance arrives.
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