There are many medical emergencies which turn out to be fatal due to lack of awareness and presence of mind. Cardiac arrest is one such condition which can be sudden and life threatening if not taken care of properly within minutes by the people around the patient. Apart from calling an emergency number, the first thing that can be done to save the life of the patient is CPR procedure. It is one of those chains of actions that gives a little extra time of survival till you get to arrange the proper medical aid. Before getting deep into CPR, let’s first understand what cardiac arrest is.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a manual emergency procedure done in a person with cardiac arrest to restore the blood circulation and breathing in the person to maintain the brain function intact. This process involves chest compressions up to 5 cm or 6 cm at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute.