CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is one of those crucial skills that everyone should know how to do. I thought about writing an article, but I feel like for something as important as performing CPR, a visual description was better.
Even as modern life continues along, you never know when you might need to use this life-saving medical response. The reason many people carry firearms is because, as they say “a gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone”, which is very true. Same with valuable first-responder skills, as described in our recent post on how to respond to a bullet wound, as well as CPR. No matter where you are in the world, you still might have to wait several minutes at the least for paramedics to arrive after someone collapses. And those several minutes could cost someone who’s not breathing their life, as you stand by helpless.
Furthermore, in a survival situation, there are higher risks for injury, and you will most likely be unable to call paramedics to respond when someone has collapsed or stopped breathing. When SHTF, you might be the only one able to provide medical attention to the people around them, and CPR is a very important cornerstone of basic medical skills that everyone should know.
This infographic gives a very good detailed description of what you should do to perform CPR, and everyone should read it carefully and commit the information to memory. Note that it is CPR for adults; it is slightly different when performed on children. If CPR for children is something you’d like to see, let us know and we’ll find some good info for that.
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