Emergency & Resuscitation Priority Plan

 Would you know what to do in an emergency?

What to do in an Emergency- priority plan
CPR & Resuscitation
a little knowledge can save a life
When to use CPR

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Ideally you should seek training by a qualified first aider before ever needing to use CPR, however, if you are alone with an accident victim then doing your best based on this knowledge might save their life.

CPR & Resuscitation - a little knowledge can save a life
CPR or cardio pulmonary resuscitation. Cardio = heart related, pulmonary = lung related, and resuscitation = revival.

Only if someone's heart has stopped, CPR should be used, it may assist in keeping them alive until medical help gets there. Currently, recommendations are for 2 rescue breaths followed by 30 chest compressions repeatedly, for as long as possible possible at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.

You can easily protect yourself from saliva contact by punching a hole in a plastic bag or breathing through a piece of clothing rather than putting your lips directly to the victim's.

You should always call out if there are people nearby, to get help before beginning CPR or phone an ambulance immediately, it's even important even if it's to find someone who will take over from you, as it can be - a few extra minutes until the ambulance gets to the victim can be the difference between a survivor and a fatality.

Unlikely that your efforts will bring the person around, although possible, continue the CPR. Don't give up because they don't awaken you are still providing the body with what it needs to stop tissue from dying - CPR does save lives.

If a collapsed person has stopped breathing and their heart either isn't beating, or is beating in an extremely erratic way, they need the blood to circulate through their body to deliver oxygen, to the brain which, if starved of oxygen would start to die.

CPR is tempoarily doing the heart's job.

Chest compressions should be delivered to the very centre of the chest. Use the heel of one hand and clasp your other hand to it, then use your weight to press in the chest to a depth of about 2 inches for an adult, then release it to allow it to spring back. Do this quickly - doing it 100 times should take one minute. What this does is push the blood around the body, like the heart would if it were working properly.

After 30 compressions you should deliver oxygen to the person (rescue breathing). This is done by ensuring the airway is open - tilt the head back and check for obstructions - then putting your mouth to theirs, and blowing breath into their mouth and down their throat. This will go into the lungs in the same way they would take in air if they were conscious. The air in the lungs feeds the blood, and then you resume chest compressions to move it around the body.

 Emergency Priority Plan

  Your priorities are to:

  • Assess the situation – never put yourself in danger;
  • Make the area safe;
  • Assess all casualties and attend first to any unconscious casualties;
  • Send for help – do not delay.

   Check for a response
   Gently shake the casualty’s shoulders and ask loudly, ‘Are you all right?’
   If there is no response, your priorities are to:

  • Shout for help;
  • Open the airway;
  • Check for normal breathing;
  • Take appropriate action.
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