CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a lifesaving technique used in emergencies to save someone who has stopped breathing or whose heart has stopped beating. In such situations, every second counts and performing CPR can mean the difference between life and death.
Performing CPR on a breather, however, could result in serious consequences. This article aims to explain what happens if you perform CPR on a breather and why it’s important to know when not to perform the technique.
How Does CPR Work?
Before we delve into what happens when you perform CPR on a breather, let’s first understand how the technique works.
CPR is performed by pressing down firmly on the chest of an individual who has stopped breathing or whose heart has stopped beating. The compressions create artificial circulation that keeps oxygenated blood flowing through vital organs until emergency medical services arrive.
In addition to compressions, rescue breaths may also be administered during CPR. These are short breaths delivered into the person’s mouth via mouth-to-mouth contact or through a barrier device like a mask.
Now that we have understood how CPR works let’s move forward with our main topic:
What Happens If You Perform CPR On A Breather?
CPR is meant for individuals who have suffered from cardiac arrest or respiratory failure i. e those who have either stopped breathing or whose heartbeat has become irregular due to some reason causing diminished blood flow throughout their body.
Therefore if you try giving chest compressions artificially using your hands onto somebody’s chest who already possesses active circulation and doesn’t actually require any additional assistance could do more damage than good as suddenly stopping their breathing even momentarily can lead them to hypoxia, which means insufficient oxygen supply in the body leading ultimately leading towards bradycardia wherein decreased pulse rate occurs as reverberation response results & eventually leading towards respiratory arrest.
This means that if someone is already breathing, performing CPR can interrupt their natural breathing pattern, causing more harm than good. In such cases, it’s important to monitor the individual’s breathing and pulse rate and provide other forms of aid as necessary.
Why Performing CPR on a Breather is Dangerous
Performing CPR on an individual who is already breathing puts them at risk of hypoxia – a condition where there isn’t enough oxygen supply in the body due caused by an insufficient supply of breath which could lead to ventilation induced lung injury leading towards eventual cell necrosis resulting into irreversible tissue damage, followed by bradycardia , respiratory arrest or even death.
In addition to this physical harm that may be caused by administering chest compressions when not necessary, performing CPR on a breather may also cause legal complications since it does not comply with existing emergency protocols, Good Samaritan Laws could rule against you as well for maliciously intervening when medical help wasn’t actually required thus leading towards serious civil negligence without adhering proper care tools & procedures.
Can You Perform CPR on Someone Who Is Breathing Slowly?
If an individual is breathing slowly but steadily on its own or through mechanical airway devices then there would certainly be no need for you to intervene with him/her artificially unless there are clear signs of posterior cardiac incidents spotted & then adhere rightly to emergency protocols being taught under professional guidance.
How Do You Recognize If Someone Requires Chest Compressions?
There are some key factors which might suggest that artificial respiration techniques might just come in handy. If an injured person has become unconscious without any apparent reason like drowning, choking or drug ingestion they should definitely be checked properly and immediately tilting their head backwards while wearing non porous gloves onto bare skin before checking for normal deep fast exhalation sounds from lungs. This position will determine whether chest compressions are necessary or not before performing rescue breathing procedures.
What Should You Do if Someone Is Breathing?
It’s always best to assess the situation fully and check if there is a requirement artificially intervening. If someone is already breathing normally and has a pulse, it is important to monitor their breathing and pulse rate closely while waiting for emergency medical services – calling EMS should always be your first priority unless you’re trained enough in Basic Life Support skills that further interventions can help improve chances of survival alongside certain initial steps like keeping a stable head tilted position onto bare skin etc.
Performing CPR on a breather can lead to serious harm or even death making it highly important to keep calm & composed amidst chaotic situations always acting according to protocols followed around established emergency measures which helps protect the patient while also legally protecting oneself since one doesn’t end up intervening maliciously devoid of caring just because they found themselves in some position of power. Remember that taking things cautiously, being patient and confident until professional care providers help arrive is always crucial.
So next time when confronted with such emergencies never forget the basic guiding principles like ABC: airway, breathing, circulation where clearing blocked air passages, is essential together all these combined measures reporting 911 right away so as not giving out room for deadly delays whatsoever!