When you are considering your survivability in any emergency or disaster you must assess your knowledge of first aid and emergency care. Whether it is saving the life of a person choking on a bit of food, trying to help someone that has just had a car accident or even saving the life of a loved one there are certain skills you must possess and certain areas of knowledge in which you must be competent.
One of the most fundamental skills in providing life saving attention to someone is the ability to provide the proper application of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). There are many ways to become proficient in this skill, and some of your local organizations may offer free or reduced price lessons. The value you will receive for the time and/or money spent learning this skill is invaluable after only one successful application of CPR.
As a young man I worked the front desk of a local hotel in southern Mississippi. Late one evening we received a call that an elderly gentleman in one of the rooms had collapsed, presumably from a heart attack. The man’s wife was frantic and unable to render him assistance. I told the woman to stay calm, that help was on the way and I hung up the phone. I sprinted to the room and assessed the situation. I called 911 and told the dispatcher all of the information she would need to route the proper care to this man as quickly as possible.
Once the information was passed to the dispatcher, and an ambulance was alerted, the dispatcher walked me through performing CPR. The ambulance arrived only a few minutes later, but those few minutes seemed like a lifetime to me, and ended up meaning a lifetime to the poor man that nearly died that evening. According to the EMTs on scene there was a distinct probability that my quick help saved the man’s life.
Luckily the dispatcher was skilled enough to walk me through providing this life saving care. However there won’t always be someone that you can call or ask, there will be times when you are on your own. Be prepared and learn CPR before you need it.
Those that cannot get to a local CPR lesson, or are limited in any other fashion, can still learn the procedure and get certified in CPR online. Click the banner below and learn how to save a life.