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How CPR Saves Lives

CPR is performed on a person whose heartbeat or breathing has stopped. Kidzworld is here to tell you what CPR is all about and why you should learn this important, life-saving skill.

CPR - Why CPR Is Important

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation - that's a mouthful to say! It's a combination of rescue breathing (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation) and chest compressions. So why's it so important? The answer's simple - CPR saves lives. If a person has been in an accident, like a near-drowning, and has stopped breathing, CPR will restore breathing and blood circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Without oxygen, permanent brain damage or death can occur in less than 8 minutes - scary!

CPR - New CPR Guidelines

It's just gotten easier to save a person's life. Changes to the CPR guidelines were made in 2005 to put less emphasis on breathing and more importance on compressions. The old rule was to give two breaths for every 15 chest compressions, but now it's two breaths for every 30 compressions. As well, rescuers should "push hard and push fast" when giving chest compressions. Health officials believe that the new changes will get more bystanders to step into action.

CPR - Different Types of CPR

CPR is performed differently, depending on your age.

  • CPR for infants (under 1).
  • CPR for children (ages 1-8).
  • CPR for adults.
  • CPR for family pets (cats and dogs).

CPR - Taking a CPR Course

Everyone (that includes you) should know how to give CPR. It's a necessary skill for becoming a lifeguard or ski instructor, but more importantly, it prepares you for emergencies. Courses are offered at community centers and your local American Red Cross branch. Besides books and videos, instructors will perform CPR demonstrations on mannequins. At the end of the course, you'll have to take a written test and demonstrate proper techniques - if ya pass, you'll receive the Heartsaver certificate! Since CPR is a skill that needs to be practiced, it's a good idea to take refresher courses every year.

CPR - Did U Know?

  • Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults. Most occur in people who have heart disease.
  • Less than 5% of people who go into cardiac arrest survive, but CPR doubles a person's chance of survival.
  • 75% of cardiac arrest incidents happen at home.
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  • Yes, I've taken a CPR course.
  • I took a class a long time ago and don't remember anymore.
  • No, I don't know.
  • I plan to learn.

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Clarkguild
Dear Dish-it, Sorry to be a burden, but I need some advice. About a year ago, I decided I didn't want to live with my mom and decided to move in with my dad. After my mom found out, she told me "You are no longer my child, go drop dead and rot in hell for all I care." My siblings, especially my twin, began to threaten me and my father's lives if we were to ever step foot near them again. A year later, my dad and I get in massive fights about everything I do wrong and he never seems to try and see my point of view. He often gets ##### and compares me to my mother and his previous exes. I feel lost on what to do. I feel so alone and so...hurt. Do you have any advice? I know it's pathetic of me to rant on here, but I'm clueless and on the verge of snapping.
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heckinmemes
have you tried punching her and your dad
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LUCYQWERTY123
hey there!! well i suggest u to answer back cause i think he missed u cause he hasnt see u for a year and i know he is estranged but if u answer back maybe he wont be strange so yeah :D :D :D
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MysticalC
My dad and I are kind of estranged, we haven't spoken in a year. So my mom decides it would be a good idea to let him message me. He texted me while I was at school and now I have no idea what to do. All he said was 'Hi _, how is school?'. Do I reply? Do I not? If I do, what do I say? My mom and grandparents are no help, they just cracked jokes about it. KidzWorld has helped me with a hell lot of things, I better not be let down this time.
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jordand08
Just act like you were introducing him as one of your friends. Be yourself, wear stuff that’s comfortable. It’s okay to be nervous because everyone will be. Just hang out and have fun.
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