Knowing how to perform the sequence of basic life support is very crucial especially if you’re working in an environment where your life is at risks because of daily hazards. The following are the basic sequence of a basic life support that you can perform in case anything happens, there’s a big chance you can save a life. There are organizations that offers this kinds of lesson. Check out www.lifesupport-rcms.co.uk.
- First, make sure that you’ve brought the victim into a safe place, as well as all the bystanders.
- Check the victim if he’s unconscious and ask for a response. You can even shake his shoulders and ask loudly for him to hear, ‘are you alright?’
- If he responds, stay put on the place where you think he is safe and try to figure out if there’s something wrong with him. Attend all his needs if necessary.
- Try to check him from time to time and do not leave him alone until 911 arrives.
- If he does not respond, look for someone to help you. Turn the victim on his back and try to open his airway. You can do this by tilting his head back and lifting his chin to open the airway.
- Keep it open, and assess him if he’s breathing normally. Observe the movement of his chest, you can even place your cheeks near his mouth and feel for air or listen to his breath sounds.
- Always remember that in the first few minutes when the victim is having a cardiac arrest, they may have difficulty in breathing, even gasping for air. Most of them thought that this is normal breathing in which you should avoid.
- Observe the victim for at least 10 seconds to decide whether he’s breathing normally or not. If you’re still confuse, you can just act like he’s not breathing normally.
- If the victim is not breathing normally, you can ask someone to call an ambulance and have an AED. If it is not available at the moment, you can just do it yourself. Start by kneeling beside the victim. Place his hand on his chest and place your hand on top of his. You can now interlock your fingers together, all the while making sure that there is no pressure applied on his ribs. Do not apply pressure on his upper abdomen and lower breastbone.
- Then you can position yourself vertically from the victim, just above his chest then start pressing down on his sternum 5-6 cm.
- You can release the pressure on the victim’s chest after each and every compression. Do not lost contact with your hands and the sternum every time you release.
- You can repeat compression at the rate of 100 up to 120 times per minute.
- If you notice that the victim is breathing normally, turn him into a recovery position and call an ambulance using your mobile phone or asking someone to call it for you.
- Also, check if his breathing is still normal from time to time. If it changes, you can perform CPR immediately.
If you want to know more advanced knowledge about life support and medical emergency, then consider taking lessons and trainings to improve your ability and widen your knowledge. Visit www.lifesupport-rcms.co.uk for more information.