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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

What does cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) mean in healthcare?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly known as CPR, is a lifesaving technique that is used when someone’s heart stops beating. It involves chest compressions and rescue breathing, and it can be performed by healthcare professionals or laypeople trained in CPR. The goal of CPR is to keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs until more definitive medical treatment can be administered.

Why is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) important in healthcare?

When the heart suddenly stops beating, blood flow to the brain is cut off, and death can occur within minutes. However, CPR can help to restart the heart and restore blood flow to the brain.

When performed properly, CPR can be instrumental in saving the life of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. The key to successful CPR is acting quickly and following instructions carefully. With proper training, anyone can learn how to perform CPR and be prepared to save a life.