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in class essay #1 CPR

in class essay #1 CPR - Kraal 1 Carol Kraal Mrs Beach...

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Kraal 1 Carol Kraal Mrs. Beach English 450 July, 8, 2010 Steps to Performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation What if one day you were at the grocery store and saw someone collapse? What if you were at a community pool with your children and they or another child was drowning? What if you were a new parent and your baby was choking on something? Would you know what to do? Most people would panic and call 911, but 911 takes time to arrive at the scene. So you might have to start cardiopulmonary resuscitation also known as CPR. You might be asking yourself “why do I need to know CPR? I’m not a doctor or work in the healthcare field.” Well you don’t need to be a doctor or a healthcare professional to learn CPR. Anybody can learn and everybody should learn how to perform CPR. CPR is as easy as learning your ABC’s. So if you don’t know how to do CPR then follow these easy steps to save someone’s life. If you’ve ever been in a situation where CPR was needed it can be very scary. As long as you remember your ABC’s then the whole process will be a lot less scary. The ABC’s is an acronym. A is for airway. The first thing you need to do when someone is choking or has collapsed is check their airway or their throat. When you pass out or stop breathing your tongue relaxes and can block your windpipe. If this happens you will need to move their tongue out of the way. There are three steps to do this they are: 1. Place the palm of your hand across the victim’s forehead and push down gently. 2. With the other hand slowly lift the chin forward and slightly up. Lastly 3. Move the chin up until the teeth are almost together, but mouth is slightly open. If the victim still doesn’t have an open airway, there are additional options and they are:
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Kraal 2 begin forceful abdominal thrust and 2. Manually dislodge the object blocking the airway with your fingers. Next we move on to “B”. “B” is for breathing. To check to see if the victim is breathing put your ear to the victims mouth and listen and feel for a breath on your cheek.
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