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Oct 26th 2017

Please everyone learn this, I'm not getting any younger.

Everyone should at least know the basics of CPR and how to help someone in distress.

Croí has established the National Institute for Preventive Cardiology (NIPC) which delivers a range of certified courses in lifesaving skills, including resuscitation and dealing with life-threatening emergencies such as choking. For healthcare professionals, training of this nature is usually mandatory and the NIPC offers you an internationally recognised qualification. However, over two thirds of emergencies, such as cardiac arrest or choking, happen outside of hospitals and occur in people's homes, in community places and schools and in the vast majority of cases with a bystander present. Whether you are a parent, a school teacher or a member of the general public being equipped with the necessary skills can mean the difference between life and death. By taking the time to learn about resuscitation and life-saving skills, you could save someone's life.

We all know that you can bring somebody back from apparent death if you use CPR but not many people know what those letters stand for and if you read on you will find out, but first of all do you think you would be able to do it? Do you think you have had enough training? I shall try to encourage you by putting this frightful scenario for you to consider. You take your children for a walk in the countryside and you are a little away from civilisation when your 10-year-old suddenly feels unwell and soon after collapses on the grass, you’re on your own so you send your 12-year-old to look for help,you are beginning to panic, you open the little lads shirt and look helplessly at his chest.

You know you have to do something and you have seen enough television to give you a clue as to what to do, so you breathe some air into his mouth and watch for his chest to rise, nothing, then you realise you were not holding his nose closed, the next time success so you start pressing down on his chest just like you have seen on the television, you are so relieved when you see your son coming back with another person.

Your mind starts questioning, he's very young, he can't be more than 17, but it turns out he knew exactly what to do he had done a course in CPR before he left school and not only that but he had already telephoned the emergency services.

In less than 10 minutes the air ambulance was landing a little way away and the crew were taking over, a short while later mother and Sons were on their way to the nearest hospital.

We have not yet heard if there is anything seriously wrong with Jeff but we are confident that he is getting the best possible treatment and Billy can tell of his helicopter ride tomorrow in school.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

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