Saving a Life

I was kind of joking in one of my last blogs about my friend doing CPR on me in the ceramics class. That would not have happened.

But she’s actually considering taking a CPR class. She has seen some scary things recently. A couple of different situations where someone really needed somebody to do CPR on them.

In one case there was a person down, and a crowd of people around. It looked like a heart attack situation, where the person was lying there losing consciousness, and nobody knew what to do for him. Nobody knew how to do CPR.

They had to wait for the paramedics to come. My friend wasn’t sure if by that time it was too late. The person didn’t seem to be doing very well and the emergency technicians were having to work really hard on him.

They ended up putting the person in the ambulance with tubes and oxygen, and taking him away. My friend did not know how that situation turned out or if the person survived.

In another situation she witnessed, someone had some sort of trouble in a restaurant and ended up on the floor. People were shouting and there was a commotion. But someone knew CPR and they rushed over and performed the techniques on the person. The woman started breathing again and opened her eyes.

They still called 911 and emergency professionals came to the scene and took the woman away. But at least in that situation my friend was fairly certain that the woman was going to survive.

These incidences had a sobering effect on her. She realized that if she knew CPR she could have helped either of those people. She felt very helpless in the first situation when the person was obviously struggling and nobody knew what to do, including her.

She has looked into CPR courses where you can get certified. They are courses that teach you exactly what to do an emergency situation where a person needs cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

This actually reminds me of a show I was watching recently. It was a Nurse Jackie show. She saw somebody in a taxi–actually it was a taxi driver–who was slumped over his steering wheel.

She opened the door and pulled him out and put him on the ground and performed CPR on him.

I think we all expect health professionals to know how to do CPR, but it’s something that we all should know how to do.

I’ve seen basic information about it and have watched CPR being given in movies, but I’m not sure how competent I would be at reviving a person. I would do well at taking a course myself. Sometimes accepted protocols change over the years, and I don’t know if the things I learned about resuscitating someone are still taught today. Maybe there are different techniques to use now.

Anyway, it wouldn’t be a bad idea at all for all of us to take CPR.

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