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CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CPR is a combination of artificial respiration and artificial circulation by means of external cardiac compression. CPR is almost always used in conjunction with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. When the victim has no pulse ( check the pulse as described above), artificial circulation must also be provided by the rescuer without delay.
The victim must be on a hard surface, and his legs may be elevated eight to ten inches if this can be done without injuring him further or delaying the administration of CPR.
If you are alone, kneel by the victim's side and place the heel of your hand on the center of the chest one and one-half to two inches above the notch of the victim's sternum. Place your other hand on top of the first hand and, with arms straight and your shoulders directly above your hands, begin compressing the victim's chest one and one-half to two inches at the rate of about eighty times per minute. Keep your elbows straight and your fingers off the victim's chest; press only with the heel of your hand. Every fifteen compression's, stop and give two quick breaths (mouth-to-mouth) to provide artificial respiration, then resume compressions. CPR should not be interrupted for longer than five seconds. CPR is not easy, and it would be difficult to perform properly after only reading about it. Instructions here are only meant to renew what has already been learned.
CPR should be learned under competent supervision with hands-on experience gained in the learning. Take a class on CPR!! The life of a loved one may depend on it.
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