ACTNews, JAKARTA – Basic Life Support is now an urgent knowledge to know by each individual. One of the procedures is CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) is medical assistance for cardiac arrest.
CPR is very important since medical emergencies can occur anytime and anywhere whether it happens to the family, relatives, or those around us. Quick and appropriate help is the key to saving victims of cardiac arrest.
ACTNews contacted ACT's Emergency Response-Humanity Medical Services Coordinator, Dr. Bara Purnawan Putra to explain how to properly prepare for CPR in order to save a person's life from the cessation of blood flow due to cardiac arrest. Here are things you need to know before performing CPR.
Before helping the victims of cardiac arrest, we must pay attention to several criteria such as having basic medical knowledge about the human body, mental, and emotional strength, building communication and coordination with surrounding people, wearing masks to avoid Covid-19 exposure, and having knowledge and skills in treating cardiac arrest victims.
Safety of lifesaver
Please make sure that the lifesaver’s condition is safe enough. To save one’s life, in addition to being able to control mental and emotional state when dealing with the victim we must also understand basic medical knowledge. Furthermore, make sure that our condition and that of the victim comply with the strict Covid-19 prevention health protocol by wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth.
Safety of environment
Make sure that the surrounding location and environment around the victim are safe enough. For instance, if there is an accident victim in the middle of the road, we need to evacuate the victim first to a safer place before performing CPR.
Safety of patient
Start checking the victim's consciousness and response by asking the name with a loud voice while tapping the victim's shoulder. If the victim is unconscious, contact medical personnel immediately or call ACT’s Humanity Medical Careline at 021-2940-7165 or a nearby medical emergency number.
Important to know
It is important for us to always check the victim's pulse through the side of the neck right below the jaw. Check the pulse for 10 seconds, if within 10 seconds the pulse is not palpable and the chest wall movement is also not visible, please immediately perform CPR!
CPR must also be performed in an appropriate and quality manner so that our help can be optimal. CPR outside the hospital that is performed by the community can only be performed with chest compressions (Hands-only CPR) and can be more optimal to guided by a dispatcher (medical operator) via telephone while waiting for the ambulance and medical personnel to arrive.