You might not be aware of it, but every five years, CPR recommendations are reviewed and modified based on the most recent advances in medical knowledge. That is one of the reasons it is critical to retrain in proper CPR techniques on a regular basis.
The most significant recent changes to CPR recommendations centre on the urgency of providing assistance to people experiencing cardiac arrest. The AHA has simplified the procedure and is doing more to entice onlookers to participate.
Even those without CPR training from AHA can save lives by performing chest compressions. However, with systematic AHA-approved training, you will gain confidence in your own ability to perform the procedures that can make a difference between life and death in an emergency. The CPR course and AHA certification are globally recognised and will validate your capabilities and knowledge of the right techniques and best practices.
Bystanders are advised not to worry about rescue breaths instead of concentrating on administering those compressions. The days of Look, Listen, and Feel is gone. Previously, lay rescuers were urged to perform a health check on a person before performing CPR. However, studies have revealed that the hazards involved in giving CPR are low, indicating that starting right away is preferable regardless of a person’s state.
CAB has replaced ABC. Additionally, in the past, the ABC method—airway, breathing, and circulation—was counselled to lay rescuers. That is, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was started after checking for obstructions in the airway during CPR. Rescuers did not begin chest compressions until after administering rescue breaths. However, current recommendations advise starting with chest compression. Before examining the airways and delivering two rescue breaths, 30 compressions should be provided.
Compressions must be challenging. Effective compression should be deeper than most people think, at least two inches.
Compression must also happen quickly. Try to perform 100–120 compressions per minute as a bystander. Rescuers must persevere. Bystanders are urged to continue compressions until emergency assistance arrives since, in some reported cases, people have survived for up to 96 minutes before aid arrives!
Mobile device usage is encouraged. While it’s crucial to dial Emergency when someone needs assistance, the new recommendations also acknowledge that some mobile applications can help first responders perform CPR more skilfully. The Emergency number in India is 112, and there are separate numbers available in each state. For instance, in Kerala, you can call 108 to get Ambulance services. You can even contact local hospitals to get the required emergency support.
If you feel that you are not up to date on these changes, you might want to think about finding a good, hands-on CPR course to make sure that you are doing everything possible to save lives. To find out more about CPR, contact our experts at MWT Global Academy Services, who will advise you accordingly.