CPR is a skill for everyone to learn


Hi, I’m Josh Sauberman, and I run CPR and first aid coaching in the Bay Area of San Fransisco. I appreciate the opportunity to chat about my favorite topic – safety training, particularly CPR. Saving a life has to be the most fantastic thing you can do for someone.

This article can serve as a reminder of training I’m sure you already have. You’re welcome to download the infographics, share them with colleagues, and put them on the wall or online. Life-saving is something that most of us never need to do, but being reminded of what to do every now and again is important.

The oil and energy industry has a long-term dedication to safety. A large part of the workforce is involved in Safety, Health, Environment and Quality. A lot of attention is based on systems and procedures. If everyone follows best practices, this drastically reduces the instances of harm.

Of course, SHEQ is all enmeshed, as an emergency can simultaneously have implications on all four. Everything is fine until everything is not. High mental and physical stress levels occur at this point, and there’s a tendency for continued surprise and panic.

Everyone at the well site, in fact nowadays, everyone in the office is familiar with first aid, safety training, emergency procedures and so on.

We all need a reminder now and again, even of essential skills and techniques. Under pressure, we can forget or make mistakes that we would not usually make.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique. It’s used to restore blood circulation and breathing in a person who has stopped breathing or whose heart has stopped beating. The fundamentals of CPR include the following steps:

Step 1: Check the Scene - Before you begin CPR, ensure that the area is safe for you and the patient. Check for any signs of danger, such as fire, hazardous materials, or sharp objects.

Step 2: Check for Responsiveness - Check for signs of responsiveness such as coughing, moving, or speaking. If the patient is conscious and responding, ensure the environment is safe and provide comfort until help arrives.

Step 3: Call for Help - If no one is around who can help, call 911 before beginning CPR. Follow any instructions from the dispatcher if they give them to you.

Step 4: Begin Chest Compressions - Place the palm of your hand firmly on the person’s chest and place your other hand on top of it. Push down firmly at least two inches deep and with enough force to compress the chest at least 100 times per minute.

Step 5: Open Airway & Give Rescue Breaths - With your palm still on the patient’s forehead, gently tilt their head back to lift their chin up to open the airway. Pinch their nose closed and give two rescue breaths, each lasting one second.

Step 6: Continue Chest Compressions & Breaths - Continue with 30 compressions followed by two rescue breaths until help arrives or you become too exhausted to continue.

By following these steps, you can potentially save someone’s life in an emergency. Knowing CPR is an important safety skill for anyone to have and can come in handy in unexpected situations. Take some time today to learn about CPR certification classes available in your area so that you can be prepared when an emergency arises.

CPR is the number one life-saving technique used to maintain a patient’s circulation. It’s a fairly simple technique, but in an emergency situation, many people freeze and forget previous training. It is a common mistake to fear that they might do it wrong and make things worse. If there is no pulse and you can’t feel any breath – it could not be any worse! Any applied chest movement will move blood, and a resuscitated person will still thank you, even if you bruised them a little.

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