January 22, 2018

CPR Training

One of the really great things I have to do as a USA Triathlon coach is go through CPR training. I’ve just completed my recertification and I’m glad I did – there have been some really big changes.

Here are the steps as they are now prescribed by the Red Cross:

1. Shake and shout at the victim.

2. Call 911 (or have someone else call for you is even better).

3. A = check airway (meaning tilt the head back and hold the jaw up).

4. B = check breathing (hold your ear near their mouth and look at their chest to see if they’re breathing – do this for about 10 seconds).

5. C = check cardio (hold your index and middle finger on their carotid artery on either side of their trachea and check for a pulse).

6. If they are not breathing or if they don’t have a heartbeat start compressions (100 per minute).

Note that we DO NOT attempt to breathe for the victim anymore – only chest compressions! The only time you’d attempt breathing is IF you have two people available and one of them has a rescue breather.

Of course there’s more to it than this but this is the gist of it.

My good pal and fellow triathlete, Vince Tjelmeland, was swimming a couple years ago at Corona del Mar and swam right into a floating body. That’s right; the guy for all intents and purposes was dead!

Vince immediately started rescue breathing for him about 200 yards from shore! Another friend of mine Rhonda Hanley helped out and got him to shore. Coincidently, there were some paramedics practicing right in the beach parking lot and fully resuscitated him.

If it weren’t for the efforts of everyone there that day that dude would have been dead.

Thinking about getting certified in CPR now? Great, please do. Because if I ever have an incident and you’re around, I’d like to think that you know what you’re doing!

Red Cross CPR Training


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