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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) by Michelle Muse

We are committed to your health and safety.  Our Marque Urgent Care team is always up-to-date on the latest CPR techniques.  CPR is a life-saving technique that helps maintain some blood flow to the brain and heart, and can help “buy time” until the patient receives more advanced care. Every member of our team is CPR certified and fully prepared for an emergency.

Did you know that the guidelines from the American Heart Association often change slightly?  As a result, we are always learning new information.  For instance, they no longer recommend following A-B-C (Airway, Breathing, Circulation).  Instead, it has changed to C-A-B (Chest Compressions, Airway, Breathing).  Studies indicate that the sooner chest compressions are given, the better the chance of resuscitation.

The Importance of Knowing CPR

Would you know what to do if your child went into cardiac arrest?  Calling 911 should always be the first step.  However, before the medical professionals arrive, immediately performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) will greatly increase his chance for survival.  In fact, a recent study by the National Institutes of Health shows CPR to be effective in children and adolescents who suffer from non-traumatic cardiac arrest due to drowning, electrocution, or choking.

When an individual suffers an out-of-hospital heart attack, his survival depends greatly on receiving immediate CPR from a bystander.  However, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), less than one-third of these individuals receive the help they need.  Unfortunately, most bystanders are untrained in CPR and are afraid they will do something wrong.  The American College of Cardiology provides a comprehensive fact sheet on the basics of CPR and instructions for administering compressions for trained and untrained people.   I encourage you to learn how to correctly perform CPR.  You really can save a life!  There are many websites to educate yourself on CPR.

www.cprlifeline.com

www.beach.orangecounty.com

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.