Rob Vires shared with us that there is a new CPR “app” for any iphone or android based phone. Go to the itunes store (or wherever you purchase your apps) and type in “hands only” in the search engine. It is free! You will get an icon that has two red hands. When you open it, you have 2 main options. You can immediately call 911. You can also push on a tutorial of how to place your hands and it will give you a beat to keep pace with! There are also some instructional videos and resources.
For CPR, health professionals have recognized that chest compressions are MOST important.
C-compressions (30 chest compressions)
A-airway (tilt head to open airway)
B-breathe (2 breaths)
*Do this cycle 5 times which is a total of about 2 minutes
If you come across an adult who seems unresponsive/non breathing. Immediately look/point/choose people.
1. “YOU- Call 911.”
2. “YOU-Go find a first aid kit.”
3. “YOU-Go find a defibrillator.”
Put hand on forehead, another hand on chin-this should help to dislodge tongue and get it out of the way!
Draw an imaginary line from nipple to nipple, place bottom of palm on bottom of line and make sure arms are straight. Use your body weight-PUSH HARD-you won’t over do it! With an adult you can depress down 2 inches.
Another counting technique for delivering chest compressions is if you push to the beat of “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees. This will be equivalent to 1 min or 100 times. When breathing, breathe SLOW! Just enough for movement.
Continue CPR stopping after a rotation to ask yourself. 1. Are they breathing? 2. Are they responsive? If the answer is no-keep going! If you have more than one person, switch jobs. (One person give chest compressions, another breathe)
For a child: Use ONE hand only.
For an infant: Place on a FIRM surface-counter, etc. If on a changing table, remove pad so it is not cushioned. Tilt head slightly back. Put one hand behind shoulders. Use 2 fingers. (or a knuckle or a thumb). Breathe nice and gently.
Survival rate is only 5% for someone being resuscitated via CPR. Remember that you are doing all that you can for them. CPR is the SAME for a drowning victim. Just turn them to their side to let the water out.
If you have a defibrillator: it will electronically walk you through everything. You hook up the paddles and it will decide if it needs to shock the heart. You can find a defibrillator in most public places: public schools, churches, malls, airplanes and airports, even condos are all required by law to have them.
Every 3-5 years, purchase a NEW fire extinguisher. You can find at most home improvement stores for $15-$30.
Change batteries on all smoke alarms, try and remember at Daylight Savings time-change the batteries twice a year when you change your clocks!
Test that they are all working once a month. (You can make a game with your child-hold them up and let them push the button!)
Ideally-close bedroom doors of children’s rooms when sleeping-the door is a protective barrier that will save precious time in the event of a fire.
Clear out 30 feet around house. Clean of all brush, firewood, etc.
Make sure that your legal papers (insurance, anything you would need to rebuild your life!) are in an accessible place.
If an infant/small toddler is choking, turn upside down, pat on back. Sit down where your knees are lower than hips, turn child upside down and give 5 back blows(just like a bottle of ketchup! ). Hit between the shoulder blades and be vigorous! Sandwich their body in your hands flip them over, check and flip back again.
If a child is stable on legs and able to stand-kneel behind them, take your fist above their belly button and thrust over and over again.