On a different note and whole different subject lets explore a very important topic today
Pool Safety & Emergency
The first moments after rescuing a drowning victim are crucial. Know what to do and when to do it in order to save a life.
- Remove the victim from the water. Call for help just before or as you are entering the water.
- If anyone is nearby, ask them to call 911. If a lifeguard is available, let him or her handle the situation. Lifeguards are certified in water-related first aid.
- If you are alone, it is critical that you begin first aid immediately. Grab a cell if it’s handy and call 911 (put it on speaker), but do not leave the victim to search for a phone.
- Check the victim’s airway, and remove any solid blockage if it is present.
- Is the person breathing? Place your ear or a mirror near their mouth to listen for, feel, or see any breath. Also watch the person’s chest to see if it rises and falls.
- Check circulation. Take the victim’s pulse. Try the inside of the wrist or either side of the neck where it meets the jaw. If there is no pulse, begin Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
- Carefully place the person on their back.
- For adults or children, place the heel of one hand at the center of the chest, at the nipple line. You can push with one hand on top of the other. For infants, place two fingers on the breastbone.
- For an adult or child, compress about 2 inches. Do not press on the ribs. For infants, press down about 1.5 inches, and avoid pressing on the end of the breastbone.
- Do 30 chest compressions at a rate of about 100/minute. Allow the chest to rise fully between each compression.
- Check to see if the victim has resumed breathing.
- If you’ve had CPR training, open the airway by tilting the head backward and lifting the chin.
- Pinch the victim’s nose closed. Take a normal breath, cover the victim’s mouth with yours to create an airtight seal, and give 2 one-second breaths while watching for the chest to rise. For infants, cover both mouth and nose with your mouth.
- Give 30 more chest compressions.
- Continue the cycle of 2 breaths to 30 compressions until the person starts breathing or emergency help arrives.
For information on becoming CPR certified visit the American Red Cross website. If you are interested in finding training in the Bay Area please visit CPR Classes Sacramento or First-Aid Certification Classes Sacramento.