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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency technique used during cardiac arrest. Anyone can perform this lifesaving procedure.
CPR involves pressing firmly on a person’s chest to squeeze blood from the heart. The goal is to force circulation when the heart stops beating, and supply vital organs with oxygen. CPR can partially restore heart and lung functions, and prevent severe brain damage and death.
Do you know what to do if someone needs CPR in Central California? Attend a Dignity Health child and infant CPR class at St. Joseph’s Medical Center or another location and be prepared to take lifesaving measures in an emergency.
There is no wrong way to perform CPR — hands-only CPR (without assisted breathing) is perfectly acceptable.
Basic steps for hands-only teen and adult CPR include:
Follow these steps for infant CPR:
If a child needs CPR:
If you have to perform CPR, you may have an emotional reaction to the experience. It is normal to feel fear, concern, anxiety, or other discomfort during or after the procedure. Try to focus on the task at hand to remain calm.
If you received CPR, you may feel soreness from compressions or the AED. It is common to have feelings of sorrow or guilt after receiving CPR. Discuss these feelings with your Dignity Health Central California doctor — you may benefit from a referral to appropriate mental health providers.
Are you at risk for heart disease or cardiac arrest? Take our free heart health assessment and discuss the results with your cardiologist.