Basic knowledge of CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Respiration)

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Basic knowledge of CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Respiration) is something everyone should have. It could be used to preserve or save laves in any situation. This is something most people don't realize until after they are in a situation where they need it. In this essay I will outline the basic steps to preserving life using CPR.

Assuming you come across an unconscious person, (who will be referred to hereafter as the victim) and have made sure approaching the victim is not hazardous to your own life, you must check for ABC's (maintain an open Airway, while checking Breathing and Cardio movements, i.e. check for pulse.) If the victim is not breathing and has no pulse you must start emergency CPR.

First place the victim on his/her back with arms out of your way, then kneel on the victims left side. Once positioned next to the victim, tilt the head back, pinch the nose, seal you lips on the victims and give two full breaths (Whenever a victim has gone over 15 seconds without air, give 2 breaths, under 15 give one.)

After completing this you must start cardio compressions.

It is very important to do compressions accurately, over the heart for maximum effectiveness. To find the correct spot, you do what is referred to as land-marking; Find the victims ribs on both sides and trace upwards until you find where both rib cages meet. From here lay your left hand above the vertex so you thumb touches it. Then place the heel of your right hand above your left hand, following this place your left hand atop your right hand. You are now ready to start compressions.

While doing compressions, your arms should be locked at the elbow, you should lean over the victim so that you use...