One Sunday morning not a long time ago, Cesar Augusto could not react or do anything to save his cousin's life and this was just because he didn't know anything about CPR, his cousin had a heart attack and didn't have oxygen rich blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. His cousin died and since that day he got really interested in learning how to perform CPR. The American Heart Association through a course in CPR give some instructions that can help you learn how to resuscitate a life. These are the ABCs of CPR (airway, breathing and circulation); and the steps to know how to perform CPR.
The ABCs of CPR are the following: airway, breathing and circulation. First A airway, you have to make sure the airway is open by positionating the person's head properly. This is accomplished by tilting the head back and moving the chin forward.Then B breathing, when breathing stops, cardiac arrest and death quickly follow. The quickest way to get oxygen into victim's lung is with mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing, which should be performed until breathing resumes or until medical help arrives. Finally C circulation, if the person's heart is not beating, you should perform rescue breathing plus chest compressions, which can maintain some blood flow to the lungs, brain, coronary arteries, and other major organs.
Furthermore, how to perform CPR is as important as the ABCs of CPR. The first step is assessment, someone determine if a person is unconscious and might require CPR, check his responsiveness. Tap or gently shake the shoulder of the person who has collapsed. Shout, " Are you OK?". Next, call local emergency number before starting CPR; then the position of the victim, to open the person's airway, turn him on his back, support the head and neck. Lift the chin up gently with one hand while pushing down on the forehead with the other to tilt the head back. After that, check for breath, look at the chest for movement, listen for the sound of breathing, feel for breath on your cheek.