Basic CPR and First Aid Safety Tips

Basic CPR and First Aid Safety Tips

CPR and First Aid training can be the difference between life and death in any emergency situation, and even if you are not trained, knowing a few tips can help in the case of an accident. Getting CPR certified is simple and affordable, and it can even be done online in the comfort of your own home. Here are a few CPR safety tips to keep in your back pocket in case of an emergency.

Check the scene: the first rule of both CPR and First Aid training is to check the scene and make sure everything is safe. You cannot help someone if you also get hurt.

Check the victim: the second step is to immediately check the victim for responsiveness. If the person is awake and conscious, ask if they would like your help. If the person is unconscious follow the next step.

Call for Help: If there are people around, do not assume some will call 911. Instead point to a person and give them the assignment of getting help.

CPR or First Aid: the next step is to either provide CPR or First Aid to the victim. CPR is reserved for unconscious victims who are not breathing or gasping for air, while First Aid is reserved for injured victims who are breathing.

30 compression and 2 breaths: once you are ready to give CPR, the first step is to place your hands just below the sternum of your victims and give 30 chest compression that go approximately two inches deep. The next step is to tilt the victim's head back and give two breaths, and then repeat the process until the victim wakes up or help arrives.

Additional resources 
American Red Cross - Sign up to take a class in your area
American Heart Association - Sign up to take a class in your area

Note: all information in this article comes from the American Red Cross.


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