CPR is most successful when started as quickly as possible, but you must first determine if it's necessary.
It should only be performed when a person isn't breathing or circulating blood adequately.
Reading about CPR and learning when it's needed will give you a basic understanding of the concept and procedure, but it's strongly recommended that you learn the details of how to perform CPR by taking a course.
If CPR is needed, using the correct technique will give someone the best chance of survival.
Without oxygen, permanent brain damage or death can happen in less than 8 minutes.
CPR might be necessary in many different emergencies, including accidents, near-drowning, suffocation, poisoning, smoke inhalation, electrocution injuries, and suspected sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).Nearby hospitals and your local chapters of the AHA and the American Red Cross are good resources for finding a CPR course in your area.Qualified instructors may use videos, printed materials, and demonstrations on mannequins representing infants, kids, and adults to teach proper techniques for performing CPR. A basic course that includes CPR lasts several hours and takes place within one session.Who knows what CPR will look like in 10 years, or even 50?One thing is certain, though: medical science will always accept new proven techniques, and there will always be people willing to rise to the challenge of learning them.CPR techniques weren’t generally promoted to the public until the 1970’s, which is relatively quite recent.Even after CPR was introduced to the public the innovations didn’t stop there.CPR as we know it began in the United States in 1954, when Dr. Peter Safar teamed up and introduced cardiopulmonary resuscitation as we know it. Safar released ‘The ABC of Resuscitation’in 1957, and Dr.Elam authored the booklet ‘Rescue Breathing’ in 1959.In the ’80s EMTs began to undergo training on defibrillator use, and 911 operators were trained in guiding callers through CPR steps, and both were huge advances in life-saving techniques.CPR’s evolution continues to this day, as modern techniques emphasize chest compressions over rescue breathing for those untrained in CPR administration.