Performing CPR is not rocket science, but it is also not a piece of cake. Another point is that performing CPR requires prior knowledge and training. It is not about giving chest compressions and giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Having said this, many fear or hesitate to perform CPR, but when medical emergencies, asking for the implementation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation occurs, you need to respond to it immediately. Survival rate can increase, with effective CPR performance. A split second of negligence can cost a life!
Many rescuers commit CPR mistakes. Most of them are common ones. One of the common mistakes is forgetting to tilt victim’s head back, for keeping the airway open. Airway gets constricted when the head of the victim is tilted that towards his/her chest. Because of this, air is restricted from flowing into the victim’s lung. Therefore, it is important to prop the head, tilting it slightly towards the victim’s back.
Apart from this, another common mistake many rescuers make is forgetting to count out loud. This should be done to make the bystanders also keep a count of the numbers, when giving compressions on the victim’s chest. If at all a rescuer gets tired or exhausted in the process, another rescuer will become capable of carrying out the CPR process, in an apt count. Therefore, counting out loudly is a must, which many forget to do.
Amongst the most common mistakes committed when performing CPR is not giving deep enough compressions, as well as, giving too slow or fast compressions. Many healthcare professionals fail in the process because they either don’t push fast or deep enough. The main cause of such a mistake is the fear of hurting the victim or damaging his or her ribs. Common mistakes made when performing CPR is not maintaining the arms in a straight manner and locking the fingers, which helps in applying the right amount of pressure.
There are many common mistakes made by rescuer or concerning professionals when performing CPR. Prioritizing mouth-to-mouth respiration over effective chest compression, interruption in CPR, not doing a proper assessment of the response, not seeking help, not maintaining straight elbows of the victim, giving a rapid amount of compression etc. are amongst the common CPR performing mistakes.
All these mistakes are avoidable. But given the situation and limited response time, causes such mistakes to occur. However, a professional who is trained with the best of facilities and instructors tend to avoid such mistakes and more.
CPR techniques and methods are etched out according the AHA guidelines. These guidelines are enhanced as per changes in different technologies, anatomy and current environment conditions. Being acquainted with the guidelines will help you to perform effective CPR and ensure positive outcome. At the end of the day, medical emergencies can occur in any given time or place. Being prepared will prevent fatality and save someone’s life in the process. Getting certified is the way to perform CPR on a victim having cardiac arrest. The certification programs are available through traditional classroom courses and online programs too.