“I am Nervous to Perform CPR” — Good vs. Harm

“I am too nervous to perform CPR.” You are not alone. This is a common saying all around the world.

 

When an unconscious victim has suffered from a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest, or anything that has caused his heart to stop, rescuers perform CPR. Performing CPR makes it possible for the patient’s oxygenated blood to flow towards the brain, thus prolonging the patient’s life.

 

 

Most people would state that they know when CPR should be performed, and they understand that chances of survival increase based on how quickly CPR is given upon the emergency. Yet, statistics show that in many instances, CPR is not given either at all, or is not given in time when occurred outside of the hospital. People may ask why this is the case – how could CPR not be performed immediately even after people understand the benefits?

 

There are a couple of factors that affect someone’s decisions to rescue another person.

  • Nervousness

Even with knowing the skills and technique, people shy away from actually performing CPR in a real life scenario. They seek others who may be more confident or comfortable. They wonder if someone else could perform CPR better than they would. What people may not think of in the chaotic moment is that the chance of survival for the patient is decreasing for every second they are not performing CPR. If you are trained and certified, be confident that you have the knowledge and skills to begin compressions immediately. If available, another qualified rescuer may join in to help and CPR should continue until professional medical assistance arrives.

  • Not Certified

Another major reason people do not perform CPR is because they have not been trained. They are unsure of the proper procedure and depth. We suggest getting a quick guide on CPR and also suggest getting formal CPR training.

  • Fear of Hurting the Victim

Many will attest to the fact that they fear they will hurt the victim. However, if no one is there to perform CPR, it is very likely that the patient will not survive by the time medical assistance arrives. There is a possibility you may break the ribs of the victim. Having more knowledge on the depth, rate and technique of CPR based on an adult, child and infant may prevent further injuries, however, if a few broken ribs means surviving, it’s worth it.

 

Don’t be a bystander. Take immediate action and help save a life. Overcome that nervous feeling and get trained. American Health Care Academy offers CPR courses with demonstrations and videos in a mission to build strong, confident CPR rescuers. The training is informative and efficient, making it possible for almost anyone to obtain certification.