Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is needed when someone is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It is part of the cardiac chain of survival.
The heart is not beating and therefore not pumping blood throughout the body. When a bystander performs CPR, these chest compressions serve as the back up pump so that blood continues to circulate. Failure to provide this kind relief within minutes of cardiac arrest can result in organ failure and death.
The good news is that CPR has changed. You don’t need to be certified. You don’t need to perform mouth to mouth. You just need to join your hands, lock your elbows, and press hard and fast on the left side of the chest.
Still don’t believe us? Listen to these two nine year old boys who were never taught how to do CPR, but they saved a babies life.