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What is CPR and Why Should I Know How to Perform it?

Cardiopulmonary arrest is a combination of two life-threatening conditions: the absence of breathing and lack of heartbeat. It can be brought on by any number of factors such as: heart attack, drowning, severe injury, drug overdoses or even shock.  CPR is an acronym for Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. CPR is a combination of rescue breathing (which provides oxygen to the victim's lungs) and chest compressions (which will keep the victim's heart circulating oxygenated blood).

CPR can be lifesaving, and time is crucial when dealing with a non-breathing, unconscious person. Death can occur in 8 to 10 minutes and brain death begins after only 4 to 6 minutes without oxygen. When the heart stops circulating oxygenated blood, tissues begin to weaken and die. This damage can be avoided or minimized when CPR is administered at the onset of symptoms and continued until professional medical assistance arrives. With PAB First Aid and CPR Training, you will practice this life-saving skill and you will have confidence that you can perform CPR if and when the need arises.

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