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Four reasons to teach all your staff CPR

Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death? That's right.

Unfortunately, most people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital don't get cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander. This significantly lessens their chances of survival.

So why not teach all your staff CPR? It's easy to learn!

Why all your staff members should learn how to perform CPR

#1: CPR saves lives

You never know when it might happen in your workplace. An employee could suddenly collapse, loss consciousness or stop breathing. And the longer you leave his body without circulation, the lower his chances of survival! If your staff can perform CPR, it'll be helpful in such scenarios. They'll then be able to help keeping the employee in cardiac arrest's blood circulating until the ambulance arrives.

#2: We don't perform CPR enough

Here's an interesting fact… Only 15% to 30% of people who experience sudden cardiac arrests outside of hospitals receive bystander CPR. This goes according to high-quality statistics. The report that stated this said that this is become most people don't have CPR training. Therefore, they feel unconfident performing CPR. Other reasons for not performing CPR included infection and legal risks.

#3: Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation isn't necessary

Some people don't like the idea of CPR because of concerns about mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But CPR isn't only about this. Mouth-to-mouth isn't always necessary. In some cases, simple chest compressions are enough. This kind of CPR is just as effective as mouth-to-mouth, a 2010 study showed.

#4: Hands-only CPR is easy to learn

Hands-only CPR is fool-proof. All you need to do is place the heel of your hand on the centre of the victim's chest. Then, take your other hand and place it on top of the first, interlacing your fingers, and press down then release. You must repeat this quickly though. At least 100 times a minute. And don't stop until the ambulance arrives.

And there you have it – four top reasons to teach all your staff CPR. Doing so could save lives!

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