Air, water, and food are essential human basic needs required for survival. Safety is also a basic need. Whether it’s safety through means of shelter, job security, or overall protection, it’s role is important for survival. Safety is the state of being “safe” the condition of being protected from harm or other non-desirable outcomes. On the other hand, an accident is an unfortunate incident that is unforeseen, unintentional, abrupt and causes injury or lost. Because safety is not absolute but it is reasonable, parents and teachers should learn CPR.
CPR has been proven through scientific studies to double and triple a victim’s chance of survival. Those individuals who know the skill are able to save lives in a situation where time is essential for a successful resuscitation and EVERY SECOND COUNTS! In general, most cardiac arrest cases happens outside the hospital setting in public places and at home.
School is where our children spend most of their time. In case an accident happens with our children while on school ground, the teachers should be well prepared as first responders. CPR may need to be performed by a teacher on a child due to a violent act such as a school shooting, or stabbing. Moreover, something as innocent as a hard blow to the chest by a hard object on the field at recess may require CPR.
This is a matter of life and death and the time taken by emergency medical services to arrive is very crucial. Parents hold the school faculty and staff responsible for the resuscitation efforts of their children in an emergency, but if the accident happens at home, parents are not equipped to confidently respond to the resuscitation efforts of their own children. Thus, parents too should be well prepared as first responders and learn CPR.
While adults typically require CPR for sudden cardiac arrest resulting from a heart attack, children and infants generally require CPR due to a respiratory condition that leads to a sudden cardiac arrest. Airway and breathing problems such as:
- Anaphylactic shock
- Choking (on object or food)
These can happen anywhere at home or in school.
Other traumatic accidents that can happen at home are drowning, electrocution, and/or poisoning. These are valid reasons a parent should learn CPR.
Sudden cardiac arrest also affect children who have structural cardiac abnormalities (congenital heart disease) usually an inherited condition that tends to run in the family.
Congenital heart disease tends to go undiagnosed and raises its ugly head on the football field or basketball court in athletes but can manifest in any active child who exhibits physical exertion. You should seek medical help sooner than later if a child experiences a fast or irregular heartbeat, passes out or has chest pain especially when active or exercising.
We live in a world that is quickly changing yet with all the changes that are taking place we still don’t grasp the fact that our children can be the next victim until they actually become the NEXT victim.
From the home ground to the school ground, the reasons for which CPR is administered vary so PARENTS and TEACHERS alike should learn CPR. Sudden cardiac arrest can affect any child even those who are physically fit so not a single child is excluded.