“SAVING A LIFE”: Techniques on How to Perform Modified CPR

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You are walking at the park and suddenly a man collapses. What will you do? An ordinary person with no training can increase the person’s chance for survival…

The American Heart Association concluded that a modified CPR can save more lives. You don’t have to do mouth to mouth which frets most people. By just doing chest compressions, you can save a life. It is easier to do and learn.

When a person experience cardiac arrest, his heart will stop pumping which results to loss of consciousness. His breathing will also cease and blood will not circulate. If nothing is done to this patient, he will die in a matter of minutes.

The Modified Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation only focuses on continuous chest compressions. When a man collapses, there is still enough oxygen to the system. In order to circulate oxygen supply, doing chest compressions non-stop will put enough pressure of blood going to the heart and brain. If you will stop pumping on the chest, the oxygen supply will also stop which will risk the life of the person.

The first step to do is call 911; then you try waking the person by rubbing on the chest. If the person still is not responding, put the heel of your hand at the center of the victim’s chest and the other hand on top of it and push as hard as you could at about 2 inches and then pump for 100 per minute or think of the rhythm of the Bee Gee’s song, staying alive. Don’t stop until help or ambulance arrives. Don’t worry on hurting the person. If you will not do this, the person will be dead.

The old way to do CPR is to check first for airway or breathing of the person or checking the pulse. This will cause delay in oxygen supply. Seconds is very crucial for the person. By first doing the chest compression, the oxygen reserve from the last breath will be circulated.

This method is easier to remember and do. You don’t need to count for breaths and no need to blow on someone’s mouth.
Continuous chest compression is ideal for adults and not for children or drowning. Standard CPR or the old way is necessary for these victims.

Department of Health (Philippines) also adopted this method. Instead of Airway-Breathing-Circulation, it is Compression-Airway-Breathing.

It is fast and easy. Now, you too can save a life.