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CPR to Prevent a Global Killer

By Melissa Gutierrez
Posted On Jun 10, 2016
CPR to Prevent a Global Killer

Summer is a time when hair gets lighter, skin gets darker, and the water gets warmer – pools and beaches are at the heart of this blissful season. Unfortunately, not everything is as sun kissed as it seems. While we are soaking in the vibrant rays of sunshine and refreshing ourselves in the cool embrace of the pool, a moment of distraction can lead to heartbreaking consequences – the loss of a life.

Drowning.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths. More alarmingly is the fact that in the United States alone, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in kids aged 1-14 years old. Furthermore, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, between the years 2005 and 2014, 3,536 fatal unintentional non-boating related annual drownings occurred in the United States; in other words, that is about 10 drownings per day!

These statistics reveal the chilling public health concern that we are exposed to, especially during the hot summer months when we are all splish-splashing about. Fortunately, there are many preventive methods to avert such tragedy.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or better known as CPR, is a lifesaving technique that we all need to familiarize ourselves with. Properly performed, CPR can save lives and improve outcomes in drowning situations.

Here is how to perform CPR

  1. Call

Check the victim for unresponsiveness or if not breathing normally. Call 911 and return to the victim and perform CPR; in most locations the ER dispatcher can assist you with CPR instructions.

  1. Pump

Push down in the center of the chest, between the nipples, placing one hand on top of the other. Keep your elbows straight and position your shoulders directly above your hands. Use your upper body weight to push straight down at a rate of about 100 compressions a minute.

  1. Blow

Tilt the head back, lift the chin, pinch the victim’s nose, and cover the mouth with yours and blow until you see the chest rise. Give 2 breaths (each breath should take one second).

Be aware of your surroundings, supervise the young and elderly, and enjoy the beauty of this season! #Summer2016