It’s CPR Awareness Week and in case of an emergency the Red Cross wants you to be ready.
Even without a certification, you can save a life by knowing a few basic skills.
Many people worry they may crack a rib if they try CPR on someone who is unconscious, but experts say a cracked rib is worth it if it saves a life. While a cracked rib isn’t life threatening, cardiac arrest is.
The basic steps to performing CPR are as follows.
First check to see if there is a pulse and if the person is breathing. If there’s no breathing or pulse in 10 seconds, start chest compressions. Next place the heel of one hand on the center of the person’s chest. Place your other hand on top, keep your elbows straight, and keep you shoulders above your hands. Use your upper body weight to push straight down on the chest about two inches. Perform this motion around 110 times a minute.
With that basic knowledge, you could save a life. The Red Cross is offering classes throughout the month. For more information on CPR and to find out how to register for a class, visit : American Red Cross