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Hands Only CPR

I am an American Heart Association First Aid/CPR instructor and teach this class every month. I've been teaching this for almost 15 years now and have watched some changes over the years which come with continued studies on not only the science behind sustaining life, but also the behavior of rescuers. (A rescuer is anyone who attempts to give fa/cpr, not just a professional rescuer.) Quite some time ago (more than 5 years) the protocols for CPR moved from 15 compressions and two breaths to 30 compressions and two breaths. If you have not certified with these new protocols, it is time. The science behind it spotlights the building/sustaining of the necessary thoracic pressure to assist with manually/externally stimulated blood circulation. That pressure starts to build around 15 compressions; 30 compressions keeps it. Of course, I believe that most certifying bodies for the Fitness arena, and probably most employers require you to have current first aid/cpr certification. The Red Cross certifies every year and the American Heart Association certifies every two years, though you are welcome to renew any time. If by chance you've let yours slip, you must get re-certified. Give due diligence to your profession, because if there should be a sudden emergency, you are likely to be the first responder. Until you get in a class, please know, and spread the word, that there is an option for people who have not been certified (or certified recently). If you go to www.handsonlycpr.org you will see a quick video of how to do hands only CPR. To be clear. . . hands only cpr is for the non-trained. If you have current certification, do as you were taught in your class. Hoping that you'll never be at the scene of a sudden illness or injury just doesn't cut it when you are a fitness professional. Your facility should have an emergency procedures manual which spells out a chain of command and the expectations of your workplace. If you haven't seen it, ask for it. If there has never been a rehearsal of what to do in an emergency, ask for it and do some drills. It will protect the facility from legal concern. By and large, not acting is worse than acting and making a mistake. Things have changed since the last time you took your fa/cpr class. Get your class scheduled as soon as possible. Until then, keep these two things in mind: CALL for help. Do not try to handle anything on your own In the event of a sudden collapse with no response, do Hands Only CPR - as shown at www.handsonlycpr.org Get certified...and lets hope you never need it.
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