Myths about CPR Part 2

This is a continuation from Myths about CPR Part 1

#6 All my family and friends are healthy or young and they won’t need CPR

Choking is common and if you can’t get the object out, you will need to begin full CPR.  Accidents happen to healthy and young people too.  Accidents are the leading cause of death in children.  This is a great reason to also take a First aid course that covers head injuries, broken bones, burns, choking, stroke, and more.

Most cardiac arrests in young people are from an undiagnosed heart defect that was never known about until the arrest.  I have been on the scene of many young cardiac arrest victims….from 6 months old to 17 years old.  They are heartbreaking when no one knows CPR to help before EMS arrives.

#7  There is a liability to me if I do CPR incorrectly

There is a law in Minnesota and in most states called the Good Samaritan law.  It protects bystanders against liability from further injury or incorrect CPR.  Just realize there are limitations to all laws.  Don’t perform medical procedures you watched on TV because you think you know how to do it properly. 

#8  I don’t need to know CPR if we have an AED onsite.

An AED increases survival by 2-3 times when added with CPR.  However, an AED stops the heart with a shock if needed and then directs the bystander to do CPR.  It is important for survival to begin CPR immediately after the shock.  Every second counts and it may take the person’s heart a little while to restart on its own.

#9  I may hurt a person if I do CPR

Though this part is possible, being dead is worse.  If someone needs CPR, they are dying so don’t worry about any possible injuries from what you are doing.  What you are doing can only make the outcome better!  It is a scary time but important to realize how much you can impact the outcome.

#10  Heart attack and Cardiac arrest are the same

They are completely different, however, a person having a heart attack can go into cardiac arrest.  A heart attack is when you have a clot or blockage in your artery.  You are awake and having symptoms.  When you are in cardiac arrest, you are unconscious and have an abnormal heart rhythm.

Take a First aid class to learn more about symptoms of Heart attack vs cardiac arrest!