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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can save the life of someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. CPR takes over the function of a failing heart and continues the circulation of blood to vital organs.
CPR can keep the heart and lungs working, maintain oxygen supply to the brain, and prevent brain damage or death. The procedure involves pushing hard on a person’s chest to squeeze the heart and force blood to flow throughout the body.
Anyone can perform CPR in an emergency — the treatment is not limited to medical professionals.
Are you prepared to take life-saving action in an emergency? Dignity Health North State offers classes on CPR in Northern California. Call 888.628.1948 for upcoming class dates at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, CA.
It’s normal to be nervous or uncomfortable if you suddenly have to perform CPR. Remember, there is no “wrong” way to do CPR.
Follow these steps for hands-only teen and adult CPR:
CPR steps for babies under the age of one:
For child CPR:
Performing CPR may produce an emotional effect. Some people feel overwhelmed by their actions — saving someone’s life. It is normal to be nervous, shaky, or even nauseated while you administer CPR.
You may feel soreness from CPR compressions or the use of an AED device. Any discomfort should go away relatively quickly.
Some may experience sorrow, guilt, or remorse after receiving CPR. Your doctor can refer you to mental health professionals if you are struggling with these feelings.
Our doctors, nurses, and staff are committed to treating the entire person, not just their condition. Take control of your health and Find a Doctor at Dignity Health North State.
Dignity Health North State provides high-quality care, including training in CPR, in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.