Importance of CPR

When it comes to responding to emergencies, prudence and training take precedence over courage. After all, jumping into a stormy river to save a life is all well and good only when you know how to swim and rescue a drowning person in the first place. Otherwise, you will become another liability for first responders. You should always remember that only highly skilled and well-trained professionals have both the equipment and the necessary fitness and training to get the job done. This is why your ‘no guts, no glory’ approach can land you into serious trouble.

However, if you know how to perform CPR and other such life-saving activities then, of course, you will be a great help and might actually keep a beloved friend or relative from leaving the world before their time. You will be able to play a part in keeping them alive at least until the EMTs (emergency medical technicians) secure the scene!

You might consider learning CPR in order to ensure that you will be able to handle an emergency situation without panicking.

Performing CPR

Performing an elementary form of CPR is not only one of the most popular but also one of the most effective activities for saving lives. It is of particular importance in case you see an individual who has stopped breathing. Under the circumstances, it is absolutely imperative to perform CPR immediately, instead of waiting for emergency responders. Because it is possible that by the time they get to him or her, it would be too late.

In this situation, you have to take charge. You should try to check his air passage in order to see if the patient is breathing (even shallowly) on his own. If this is clearly not the case, then you have to tilt their head backward to check if there is any sort blockage in the airway.

Here, you have to be very careful. If the victim seems to have suffered a spinal injury, then he must not be moved at all. But in any case, you should proceed to rhythmically pump his chest rapidly and then breathe into his mouth.

The best way to do this is to place one hand on top of your other hand and continue to push downwards on his chest cavity. You should do this around one hundred times per 60 seconds. In between, you should take a deep breath and administer mouth to mouth resuscitation. Continue this process until the EMTs take over.


In light of the above, it can be seen that there is no need for a person to be a professional trauma care attendant in order to save valuable lives. Even a little bit of determination and some training can literally mean the difference between life and death.