CPR, AED training could help you save someone’s life

Immediate CPR can double a person’s chances of survival after cardiac arrest, according to the American Heart Association.

When giving CPR, the first step is to make sure the scene is safe and call 911.

Next, check the person’s vitals. If they are unresponsive and not breathing, it’s time to perform CPR.

They should be lying flat on their back. You’re then going to put one hand over the other on the middle of their chest and start doing compressions 100 to 120 times per minute.

Besides CPR, it’s also important to know how to use an AED.

The device can be found in many public places, like schools, stores and offices.
“You just turn it on and the device actually tells you exactly what to do, which is basically placing pads onto the person’s chest,” said Dr. Tamanna Singh, a cardiologist. “The device will identify whether or not the rhythm that the patient has is one where an electrical shock can actually revive them or make them responsive again, and then if that’s really indeed the case, all you have to do is press a specific button on the device to do so.”

It’s recommended both adults and children know how to do CPR. There are many classes available both in-person and online.