Every Parent Should Know These Lifesaving Skills

If your child’s heart suddenly stops working, would you know what to do?
Man doing CPR

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a life-threatening condition in which the heart’s electrical system malfunctions and the heart can no longer pump oxygen-rich blood to the brain and vital organs.
SCA is the number one cause of death in the USA. SCA is the number cause of death in teenage athletes. A sudden cardiac arrest can happen to children as well as adults.

There are many causes, including underlying heart disease, a blow to the chest, asthma, drowning, electrocution, diabetes, and allergic reaction.

When CPR and an AED are administered within the first 3-5 minutes of collapse, the victim has a 75% greater chance of survival. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. CPR pumps oxygen-rich blood to the brain and major organs to sustain life; an AED can deliver a lifesaving shock to the heart and get it beating effectively again.

To check for breathing, use the acronym LLF(Look, Listen and Feel) Look to see if their chest is rising and falling. Listen over their mouth and nose for breathing sounds. Feel their breath against your cheek for 10 seconds.

Did you know that the human person can bear without a breath between 3 TO 7 minutes?

ALSO, READ: How to clear the airway of an unconscious person
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