Here are some frequently asked questions that may help you understand the importance of learning and mastering lifesaving techniques.
CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This is the lifesaving measure you can take to save your child if she shows no signs of life (breathing or movement).
CPR uses chest compressions and breaths to circulate blood that contains oxygen to the brain and other vital organs until emergency medical personnel arrive. Keeping oxygenated blood circulating can help prevent brain damage — which can occur within a few minutes — and death.
No. CPR should only be used when an infant or child is not breathing and has no pulse. However, if an infant or child is unconscious and airway is blocked, it is necessary to use modified CPR to remove the object.
Typically assistance from 911 arrives about 8-12 minutes after a call in most of the US.
A choking or unconscious victim needs immediate attention. The first 10 minutes is critical to a victims survival. Your actions can make the difference between life and death.
If you are alone with an infant or a child you need to give 2 minutes of care before you call 911. Ideally if you have a phone with speaker phone use it get 911 on the line as you are taking immediate action.
Most states have a Good Samaritan Law* that protects volunteer responders as long as they are acting in good faith, acting in accordance with their training if any, and doing what a reasonable and prudent person would do.
*Good Samaritan Laws: Good Samaritan laws were put in place to encourage rescuers who voluntarily help others in emergency situations do so without fear of later being sued by the victim for making a mistake or causing further harm.
Good Samaritan laws are designed for everyone, not just medically trained individuals. They only require the helper to use common sense, be reasonably competent and capable and not go beyond his or her level of expertise
These laws vary by state, but generally protect anyone who does not already have an obligation to help or is not being paid for the help (such as happens with an on-duty fireman or policeman, or with doctors or nurses in a healthcare facility). Be careful if a conscious victim who seems to be aware of the situation refuses help. In those cases, it is usually best to follow the person’s wishes. If the victim is unconscious, step in and assist as much as you can.
To find out more about Good Samaritan laws in your state, contact your state attorney general’s office or check with a qualified attorney or your local library.
Although a good idea to take a formal class, you do not need to be certified unless your employer requires it.
The following groups are required to have it:
Ultimately, we all need to be ready. Being prepared to save a life does not require a background in health or any other special preparation. Most individuals who are saved by these skills are saved by someone with little or no skills. You certainly don’t need to show a "card" in order to respond. Remember, having a CPR certification card only acknowledges someone has completed the class on a certain date but is in no ways a license to perform CPR.
No. Should you require certification (health professional, etc.), a formal certification course must be taken at organization recognized by your employer.
Retention of CPR learning is a major issue, according to the American Heart Association. In fact, studies have shown that memory of CPR skills and knowledge tends to deteriorate as early as three months after training, even among highly trained professionals -- including doctors, nurses, and more. This DVD allows you to refresh your skills as often as you need.