How to save a life: CPR
CPR can save a life, wouldn’t you rather know that not know? As the British Heart Foundation say, never do nothing.
CPR is cardiopulmonary resuscitation, it looks like repetitive chest compression.
If you haven’t been first aid trained, you can still perform hands-only CPR, taught to us by Vinnie Jones in 2012, on behalf of the British Heart Foundation.
How to do Hands-only CPR by BHFL:
- If someone collapses in front of you, check the person over. If they are not responsive and not breathing, then their heart has stopped working and they are having a cardiac arrest.
- Now, call 999. Then you do Hands-only CPR.
- Lock your fingers together, knuckles up. Then push down, right on the sovereign. Push down five or six centimetres. That’s about two inches. Push hard and fast about two times a second, like to the beat of Stayin’ Alive. Don’t worry about hurting someone. A cracked rib can be mended – just concentrate on saving a life.
- Keep this up until the ambulance arrives.
Do you have a first aid kit at home, or in your place of work? See how to put one together, and what to include here.