Collapse. Patient unresponsive and not breathing. Would you know what to do?
Knowing how to perform effective CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator are all key life support skills that you may have to rely on if the time comes. CPR as we know it was first used in the 1960s and the American Heart Association quickly saw its benefits and the need for high quality training, not just among hospital professionals but also for the general public. Since then, being trained in BLS has become a requirement for many professionals both in the health sector and beyond.
- CPR, if performed immediately, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
- 70% of out of hospital arrests happen in homes but only 46% of these get the help they need before a medical professional arrives.
- The rate of CPR is 100 – 120 beats per minute, the same speed as the famous ‘staying alive’ song by the Bee Gees.
- The most common symptoms of a typical heart attack include; central chest pain, pain spreading to the left arm/jaw, shortness of breath, clamminess, nausea.
If you’re still not sure why you should get trained in life support, just watch this moving video from the UK resuscitation council;
https://www.resus.org.uk/information-for- the-public/friends- of-rc- uk/sam-mangoro/
Now are you convinced? Fortunately IBC has you covered! We run a variety of life support courses including Basic Life Support for adults and infants, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Paediatric Advanced Life Support. Have a browse through some of our courses here;
Don’t waste any more time and update your knowledge today!