Sunday, 22 March 2015

How To: Resuscitate

I just learned my good friend's dad passed away from a cardiac arrest before he went to sleep. It was shocking and a sudden blow to everyone. 

I never spoke to him before but from what I heard, he was a generous man and a loving father. 

Death is certain, as enlightened in the Quran and there's no cure for it. We are always closer to death than we are to other things like wealth, time and love.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an important skill. It is underrated and "only" exclusive to health professionals. But little public knows that it is easily acquired and learned from just a simple Youtube video. 

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CPR is just as easy as CAB.

C = compressions. Where the ribs joined in the middle of the chest, give firm compressions 30 times followed by 2 B= breaths (either mouth-mouth or any assistive devices). Try to complete 2-3 cycles of compression and breaths each minute. 

If they can speak in proper and full sentences, that means their A= airway is intact. If they are breathing noisily, suspect an obstructed airway and try to clear it. A simple chin lift can open and widen the airway. 

Don't forget to ask for help too; ask them to call the ambulance.

If you are in a hospital setting and you have access to all the essential drugs, here is another flowchart that you can follow.