What to Do in a Medical Emergency (Cardiac Arrest)

15 Aug

If someone’s heart has stopped beating, and she’s unconscious or unresponsive, start CPR immediately. “Don’t worry about the breathing, such start doing good chest compressions, 2 inches deep, 100 per minute, ” Ganti says.  If there’s an automatic external defibrillator (AED) on site, have someone else get it. Then follow the visual and/or audio prompts, which will help you through the process.

Medical alert systems can summon help if you’re alone during an emergency. To learn more, go to CR.org/medications

Also see “The Smarter, Easier Way to Do CPR,” “Look in Less Fear Better Health” blog

Source: Consumer Reports on Health August 2018 Latha Ganti, M.D., a professor of emergency medicine and neurology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Fla.

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