Common Myths and Misconceptions About CPR

Common Myths and Misconceptions About CPRAs your providers of CPR training, ACLS certification, and BLS certification in Corona, we at OC Safety want to give you the training needed to save a life if someone’s in danger. Through our CPR training courses, you’ll have the capability of helping someone who’s suffered from cardiac arrest. While we’re proud to provide proper training and information, there are unfortunately some myths and misconceptions about CPR lingering around that may have altered the views of people who are interested in CPR training. There’s certainly an absolute sea of misconceptions about CPR, but there are five specific ones that stick out in our minds.

You Can Be Sued If You Perform Bystander CPR

This one is by far the most common myth we hear about! Thankfully, if you provide emergency medical assistance to someone with First Aid or CPR, Good Samaritan laws will protect you, just as long as you’ve acted reasonably and prudently. However, if you were negligent in providing care, were reckless, or abandoned the victim after providing your initial care, the Good Samaritan law may not apply.

You Can Contract HIV from CPR

Some people are actually reluctant to perform CPR because they’re worried that they’ll contract HIV through it. This risk is absolutely minimal though as the person giving CPR would have to come into contact with the victim’s blood, semen, or vaginal fluid to have it transmitted. If necessary though, there are even barrier devices that can be used if you need to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation Is Always Necessary

Continuing on with the previous point, you can always even skip mouth-to-mouth resuscitation anyway. The truth is that chest compression is the most effective way of giving someone CPR – not mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. In fact, CPR that only includes chest compressions can typically be just as successful as standard CPR. Since 2008, the American Heart Association has even recommended using only chest compression for adults.

Incorrect CPR Can Kill a Person

Many people are actually afraid to perform CPR because they’re worried that their actions can kill the person that they’re just trying to help. The truth is that CPR can only help someone, even if it’s not performed perfectly. The point of CPR is just to prolong someone’s life until paramedics can reach the victim. When CPR is performed, a person is already clinically dead as his or her heart has stopped beating. By performing chest compressions, you’re keeping oxygen going to the person’s brain. The heart can be restarted, but when oxygen stops flowing to the brain, the brain will die off and there’ll be no chance of reviving the person.

CPR Always Works

Unfortunately, this isn’t the truth either. While Hollywood may make it seem like everyone is always miraculously revived through CPR, it’s sadly not the case. First, as we just mentioned, CPR alone won’t save someone; it’s just to keep a patient alive until a medical professional arrives with a defibrillator. Also, the survival rate of patients suffering cardiac arrest out of the hospital is at anywhere from two to 15 percent. However, if CPR is administered immediately and an AED is used, the survival rate can go up to 30 percent. While it’s better than nothing, the odds still aren’t in the victim’s favor.

Contact Your Corona BLS Certification and ACLS Certification Providers!

If you’re in search of CPR training, ACLS certification, or BLS certification in Corona, you’ve come to the right place! Feel free to give us a call at (714) 960-1911 if you’d like to sign up for any of our classes. Also, please don’t ever hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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