CPR: A Top First-Aid Skill


Anyone can save a life. Even you, if you have the right skills and presence of mind to administer what you need to do in emergencies.

More often than not, people who have first aid training would know how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This skill is essential to save individuals who are suffering from cardiac failure or other emergencies.

Some groups conduct CPR and first aid training courses onsite, whether in your workplace or your organisation’s office grounds.

 What is CPR?

CPR is an essential first aid skill that aims to keep the oxygen from flowing in and out of the lungs and allow oxygenated blood from flowing throughout the body. Permanent damage can happen to the body if the brain is without oxygen for an extended period.

Administering CPR aims to prevent that situation from happening.

How do you administer CPR?

The Red Cross released a guideline to help individuals administer CPR properly. If the patient is not in imminent danger first call 000 for help, otherwise administer CPR immediately. Get an AED (if there is one available) or otherwise manually administer CPR.

Lay the person flat down. Tilt his chin up and check his chest for a rising and falling motion. Put your ear to his mouth and listen for not more than 10 seconds for signs of breathing. If the person is not breathing, administer CPR by placing your hand on top of the other, in the middle of the chest.

Use your body force to push hard, and fast to administer at least 100 compressions per minute. Deliver rescue breaths in between. Blow air into the person’s mouth and check if chest for a rising and falling motion.

Continue this cycle until the person shows signs of life. Otherwise, continue this until a medical professional arrives.

It takes a basic skill to save a life. Learn and refresh your CPR knowledge, the life you save next might be your loved ones’.