The first thing that you need to do in any medical emergency is assess the environment you are in to make sure that it is safe. While it will be obviously safe in most circumstances, at other times you may need to take a step back and not administer CPR if you are dealing with an unsafe scene.
Professional emergency personnel are required to provide emergency assistance, especially when they are on duty. Some of these workers include paramedics, nurses, doctors etc. For the average person, however, it’s necessary to take a look at the entire situation before providing CPR or first aid.
For example, if you see an automobile accident, and there is a person that needs CPR lying in the middle of the road, you’ll need to take a look at the risks involved before making the call to perform CPR. If the traffic is roaring by and you aren’t in a position where you can move the person without putting your life at risk, you’ll have to make the decision as to how to proceed. In some cases you may just have to wait until emergency personnel arrive on the scene.
You may run into dangerous situations where you will have to ask yourself whether you are willing to put your own life on the line to save another. In the end, it will all be up to you should you ever find yourself in a dangerous environment where first aid or CPR are required. You may have the training and knowledge to perform first aid, but at the same time you must remember that at times you may have to put yourself first before saving others.
Learn more about the expectations of first-aid and CPR assistance by contacting us today or chatting with a live agent at heart2heartcpr.com. At Heart to Heart we offer a variety of CPR courses along with recertification programs to keep you up to date.
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