C is for CPR

November 1, 2022

CPR is for the first aid technique of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Pretty much all podiatrists around the world are required to regularly complete CPR courses and have the required skills.

Knowing how to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is essential because it can save lives in emergency situations where a person’s heart has stopped beating or they have stopped breathing.

Why everyone should learn CPR:

  1. Immediate Response: Cardiac arrest can occur suddenly and without warning, and every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by 7-10%. By knowing CPR, you can provide immediate assistance until professional help arrives, increasing the chances of survival for the person in need.
  2. Time-Critical Situation: CPR helps to maintain blood circulation and deliver oxygen to vital organs, especially the brain. When the heart stops, the brain can quickly become damaged due to lack of oxygen, and CPR can help to prevent or minimize this damage until professional medical help arrives.
  3. Universal Applicability: Cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, at any time, and to anyone, regardless of age or location. Knowing CPR means you can be prepared to respond in any situation, whether it’s at home, in public places, or at work.
  4. Community Resilience: When more people in a community are trained in CPR, the chances of receiving immediate assistance during cardiac arrest increase significantly. By learning CPR and encouraging others to do so, you contribute to building a more resilient community where people can support one another during emergencies.
  5. Quick Intervention: CPR performed within the first few minutes after cardiac arrest can double or triple the chances of survival. Immediate initiation of CPR buys time until professional medical help arrives, and every second counts in a life-threatening situation.
  6. Empowerment and Confidence: Learning CPR equips individuals with life-saving skills and the confidence to take action during emergencies. It empowers individuals to make a difference and potentially save a life, making them active participants in creating safer environments.


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