Sunday, June 2, 2013

Stayin' Alive with CPR

In August, I'm going to be a grandma, and you know what that means?  I have to RELEARN new ways of doing things.  For example, the FAM attended a CPR/First Aid course and I thought I would whizzzzz through this course. After all, I am a nurse and have had many of these courses over my life, but like all things, there are new rules.  Even with CPR and first aid.

In the olden days, for example, the first people on the scene were supposed to get up close and personal  with the victim (or patient), and even get right in their face to assess if you could tell if they were breathing as well as check their pulses. THEN you were supposed to slug them in the chest to see if this would kick-start their heart. They even had a name for it; pericardial thump.  BUT NOW DAYS we can't (and don't) do that. There are NEW RULES.  No more hitting and biting the victims.

Also in the olden days (aka 5 years ago) there were rules on how many times to compress the chest if the patient was an adult, and a different amount if it was a child, and even another different amount if it was an infant.  Then there were even more rules with different quantities if you were alone or if someone was there to help you.

BUT NOW, everything is the SAME!  It makes no difference if the patient is an ADULT or a CHILD or an INFANT....it is the SAME COUNT!  AND, it doesn't make any difference if you have someone helping you with the breaths...it is now all the SAME.

What is the count, you ask??  It is now 30 compressions and 2 breaths.  That is it!  No more wondering if the count is wrong.  You'll always be right in every emergency situation because we also learned that to think of this song, the BeeGees "Staying Alive", and as you make your chest compressions, you it will make sure you compress at 100 beats per minute.

So, here is the song to hum in your head the next time you are doing CPR: