You might feel a little silly practicing a 911 call out loud, but it will make the real call easier.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
You've just seen someone - probably a family member, a friend, or someone you see every day - become non-responsive. You sense there's something wrong, but you are not sure what to do.
Here's a really simple way to think this through:
- If it's not safe, don't do it. There is no sense in turning the chance to save a life into two obituaries.
- If a person becomes non-responsive - if you cannot wake them up - you need to call 911. It doesn't matter why the person is non-responsive.
- If there is any doubt in your mind as to whether the victim is breathing normally, you need to get that person onto his or her back on a hard, flat surface and begin chest compressions - 1.5 to 2 inches deep - at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.
But that's how simple it is to decide whether to start CPR or not. If the victim is non-responsive, call 911. If the scene is not safe, call 911 and wait. If the scene is safe and the patient is not breathing normally, start chest compressions.
One in seven of you will witness at least one sudden cardiac arrest during your lifetime. Think it through so that you can act with confidence. Please take a CPR course - either from SLICC or the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.