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Who invented CPR? When was CPR invented?

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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known as CPR, is a widely known emergency procedure that is performed on patients who suffered from sudden cardiac arrests. Naturally, we may ask when was CPR invented or who invented the procedure. Read on to find out more about the history of CPR and how it was developed.

CPR is a lifesaving technique that took at least 273 years in the making. The geniuses behind this emergency procedure go by the names Dr. James Jude, Dr. Peter Safar, and James Elam.  

  • Dr. James Jude, a young doctor working in Baltimore in the late 1950s, realized that when the pressure has been applied rhythmically as the heel of the hand is placed to the center of the chest; it could help in restarting the heart. This eventually led to the discovery of CPR. The American Heart Association formally endorsed the use of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the year 1963. Since then, the discovery of Dr. James Jude has already saved thousands of lives every year. 
  • While the latter invented the use of chest compressions, Dr. Peter Safar and James Elam had invented the mouth to mouth resuscitation which is the second and last step in performing a full cycle of CPR. The two had rediscovered the other two steps in CPR: 1) The tilting of one’s head to open the patient’s airway and 2.) Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation could maintain healthy levels of breathing and provide sufficient air for the patient that is not breathing.  

Thanks to the geniuses behind CPR, thousands of lives have been saved every year. However, performing CPR on victims is not a children’s play. It requires both CPR knowledge and skills to prevent further complications. In learning how to perform the basic steps of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, it is highly recommended to enroll and certify in CPR / AED.

American Health Care Academy provides individuals CPR courses for a pocket fit price. The courses follow the updated 2015 Guidelines and are Nationally Accepted. Enrolling in a CPR / AED course will help train individuals when it comes to the proper execution of CPR on patients. To learn more about the courses American Health Care Academy offers, visit cpraedcourse.com today. 

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