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That poor guy's lost his legs, arms and probably his ObamaCare, and you're worried about catching his breath?
The Reflexive Liberal
CPR is a medical procedure. Yet it's so important, that doctors want as many lay people as possible to be trained in this all-important live-saving procedure.
As a medical procedure, though, it's important that you are trained, and trained properly, and get periodic recertifications. Medical knowledge is constantly changing, and there's always something different when I re-up every two years.
Finally, make sure to also get the AED (Automatic Electronic Defibrillator) training with your CPR certificate. They are everywhere, most States mandate that they are available in commercial buildings. Usually near the entrance. Look around when you go in and locate the AED.
CPR keeps somebody alive, but does not revive them. CPR can cause trauma when properly done, so don't do it on a passed-out person with a beating heart. Better trauma than dead. Perform CPR until the AED or the emergency people arrive. The AED revives.
I took the full first aid / CPR / AED course at work. The woman
teaching the class was a jewel! When covering the issue of the
use of EpiPens, she made it clear we were not trained to use
them, but she also gave us a Catch-22: For the benefit of the
witnesses, she taught us to say "Look, he has an EpiPen in his
shirt pocket!" No matter how unresponsive he is, one is to
lean down and whisper into his ear. "Oh, he gave me permission to use it on him!"
We were a collection of industrial workers, mechanics, and
electricians, along with a few middle managers. When she
covered the subject of childbirth, one of the middle managers
seemed a bit squeamish about dealing with it. He asked what
could be done to delay delivery. My mother told me when I
was a teenager that when the time has come, nothing will
Being the smart-ass I have always been, I told the guy he
might be able to get a dead blow hammer and a large cork!
The nurse teaching the class nearly pissed herself laughing
because she probably got the same lecture from her mom. If she had not sensed my sarcasm, I might have been in trouble
for making sexually crude remarks. I am now retired but if I
ever decide to re-certify, I will seek that women out!
Her vision was to see an AED device in every restaurant, hotel,
department store, factory and business in America. And
anyone who advises her pupils to break the law to save a
life is aces in my book!