Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: When To Stop

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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR is an important first aid process that can help save life in case a circulatory emergency, such as cardiac arrest, occurs. Knowing how to carry out the process is an invaluable skill that everyone should possess. As you perform CPR, there reaches a point when you should stop. To understand when you should stop performing CPR continue reading the article.

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When victim shows signs of life

Whenever the victim shows sign of life, it is advisable to stop the cardio pulmonary resuscitation process. After stopping, you should then place the victim in a recovery position and stay with him or her until the emergency assistance is provided. Putting the victim in the recovery process allows the victim feel comfortable. In case the signs of life diminish again, restart CPR.

When help arrives or AED is available

When emergency assistance arrives at the seen, you should allow the professionals to carry one with the first aid process. You should also stop the cardio pulmonary resuscitation process if there is an AED on the scene and ready to use the device. The device is more effective as it guides you through the process and tell you all what you need to do. After turning on the AED all what you will need to do is to listen and follow all the instructions given.

When the scene becomes unsafe

There are times when you may realize that the scene is no longer safe. In this case, stop performing CPR and move the victim to a safer place. If you feel that you cannot move the victim, ask for assistance because you have to consider your own safety too. This will also avoid you becoming the next victim.

When you get exhausted

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation process can be exhausting especially if emergency help takes long before arriving at the scene. If it gets a point that you feel that you cannot move on or you feel some fatigue, it is advisable to stop and stay with the victim. If you are in the company of another person who knows how to perform the process, allow them to continue.  If you are alone, resume when you feel re-energized to continue.

To ensure that you are well equipped with knowledge on how to perform CPR effectively, it is good to enroll for a CPR course. There are many approved organizations in Canada where you can enroll and learn the skills. You can also take an online course and be able to save a life when medical emergencies occur at home, school or any other setting.

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