Hi, I’m Josh Sauberman, and I run CPR and first aid coaching in the Bay Area of San Fransisco. I appreciate the opportunity to chat about my favorite topic – safety training, particularly CPR. Saving a life has to be the most fantastic thing you can do for someone.
This article can serve as a reminder of training I’m sure you already have. You’re welcome to download the infographics, share them with colleagues, and put them on the wall or online. Life-saving is something that most of us never need to do, but being reminded of what to do every now and again is important.
The oil and energy industry has a long-term dedication to safety. A large part of the workforce is involved in Safety, Health, Environment and Quality. A lot of attention is based on systems and procedures. If everyone follows best practices, this drastically reduces the instances of harm.
Of course, SHEQ is all enmeshed, as an emergency can simultaneously have implications on all four. Everything is fine until everything is not. High mental and physical stress levels occur at this point, and there’s a tendency for continued surprise and panic.
Everyone at the well site, in fact nowadays, everyone in the office is familiar with first aid, safety training, emergency procedures and so on.
We all need a reminder now and again, even of essential skills and techniques. Under pressure, we can forget or make mistakes that we would not usually make.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique. It’s used to restore blood circulation and breathing in a person who has stopped breathing or whose heart has stopped beating. The fundamentals of CPR include the following steps:
- Determine if the person is unresponsive: Shake the person’s shoulders and ask loudly, “Are you okay?” If there is no response, call emergency medical services (911 in the United States and 999 in the UK).
- Check for breathing: Look for the rise and fall of the person’s chest, listen for breathing, and feel for breath on your cheek. If the person isn’t breathing, immediately begin CPR.
- Begin CPR: If you are trained in CPR, begin chest compressions by putting the heel of one hand on the center of the person’s chest, with the other hand on top. Keep your arms straight and compress the chest about 2 inches (5 cm) with each compression. Perform compressions at a rate of at least 100 per minute. (To the beat of “staying alive” by the BeeGees!)
- Open the airway: Tilt the person’s head back slightly and lift the chin with your fingers to open the airway.
- Give rescue breaths: Pinch the person’s nose shut and give two breaths into the person’s mouth.
- Continue CPR: Alternate 30 compressions with two breaths until emergency medical services arrive or the person shows signs of life.
It is important to note that trained individuals only should perform CPR. If you are not trained in CPR, you can still help by calling for emergency medical services and providing hands-only CPR, which consists only of chest compressions. In many cases, hands-only CPR can be just as effective as CPR with rescue breaths.
The infographic here is free to download, share and print. If you decide to republish it online, please attribute it with a link back to the source: https://cpredu.com/knowledge-base/free-downloadable-cab-cpr-and-resuscitation-chart-poster-sign/
Oh, and here’s a printer-friendly version with less color:
Josh is an ex-firefighter and is now CEO of CPREdu. CPRedu was created to equip the San Francisco Bay Area with the best training and tools to save lives. We are certified through the American Heart Association (AHA), the primary authority in the science of saving lives through CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC).