Why You Need to Learn CPR

Saving People With CPR

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, often simply known as CPR, is a skill that can be utilized to save a life and has done so for countless years. Although, many individuals might understand its intention is to prevent someone from choking or someone who has stopped breathing, many do not understand the connection between merely helping an individual out and actually saving their life.

According to research conducted by The American Heart Association, approximately 70% of Americans do not feel that they can help during an emergency, such as offer aid during a cardiac arrest, because they do not know CPR or their former CPR training knowledge has been lost.

This fact is made even more unfortunate when one considers the following CPR facts, also presented by the American Heart Association:

CPR TIMELINE

According to B.E. CPR the timeline to administer CPR is as followed:

o   0-4 minutes before CPR: Brain damage is not likely to occur.

o   4-6 minutes before CPR: Brain damage is possible to occur.

o   6-10 minutes: Brain damage is more likely to occur.

o   Over 10 minutes: Brain damage is very likely to occur.

When one considers that emergency personnel will need to be called and then arrive at the location after a serious incident occurs, there is little doubt that the process will take longer than ten minutes. Thus, by waiting to administer CPR the likelihood for brain damage to occur increases dramatically. So why should you learn CPR?

Sources: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/WhatisCPR/CPRFactsandStats/CPR-Statistics_UCM_307542_Article.jsp

http://www.becpr.org/facts_statistics.aspx