Being able to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscination--which was developed in 1960--is essential in managing patients who encounter severe medical emergencies like cardiac arrest. During cardiac arrest, CPR helps maintain the circulation of blood throughout the body and sustain oxygen to the brain. Almost everyone knows about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation--or the idea of it, at most. But even then, there are still a number of vague, if not entirely untrue beliefs about it. Although most of these misconceptions are fairly minor, there are some that may result in dire consequences.
Here are some of the common misconceptions about CPR:
1. Do NOT Rely on Muscle Memory
*Learning CPR once and earning a certificate does not mean everlasting life-saving abilities. Yes, your memory of the lesson might save someone's life for the first two years but with the constant changes and updates in CPR guidelines, it is advisable to renew your CPR certification every 2 years and be updated with the new guidelines. Remember, a little refreshment of memory wouldn't hurt.
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2. CPR Does NOT Always Work
*Yes, it does not hurt to stay optimistic at times but it's not really as easy the TV and movies make it out to be. Statistics show that there's 5-10% success rate in adult patients, considering how soon it is performed on the patient. CPR only increases a patient's chance of survival until the ambulance or another professional health practitioner arrives.
3. CPR Can Be Deadly When Performed Wrong
*Not really. Of course you might have doubts about performing CPR if you are not certified but a patient is more unlikely to survive if you don't perform CPR immediately rather than if you give an imperfect one.
4. Getting Sued For Performing CPR
*There are actually laws--in the United States, for that matter--that protect you from lawsuits. The Good Samaritan laws will only be ruled out in court if the rescuer acts irresponsibly or was negligent. As long as you act responsibly, you should not fear being persecuted for doing what is right and trying to save someone's life.
5. Risk of Being Infected With HIV/AIDS
*One of the reasons why many are hesitant to administer CPR with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in fear of contracting HIV. Keep in mind that this is also a misconception about HIV and AIDS. They can only be transmitted through blood, needles, vaginal fluids, and semen. Besides, a Japanese study suggests that it is better to proceed immediately to pumping the chest in adult cardiac arrest--makes the patient's chances 25% better. And if you are still reluctant, there is always a special barrier device you can use.
6. You Can Learn CPR Online
*You can learn about the procedures of CPR online as well as the steps. There are a lot of modules on CPR and First Aid certifications online but that doesn't guarantee you a certification. Learning online is quite different from performing in real life situations so you will have to show up for an in-person assessment to receive your certification.
7. Long, Boring and Expensive
*Most classes lasts for only a few hours. Frankly, it just depends on the person. If you have the will and determination to learn, you will find the lessons really interesting. And online courses nowadays are much more affordable--which means you can also manage your time effectively.
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