Frequently Asked Questions


Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or Cardio-Cerebral Resuscitation (CCR), also known as heart massage or chest compressions, is an emergency procedure that focuses on chest compressions in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest.

The purpose of CPR is to keep oxygenated blood flowing around the body to keep the vital organs alive, especially the brain. CPR itself may not restart a victim's heart, it just keeps him alive until AED shocks are administered. An AED is a device that delivers an electrical shock to the heart to restart it.

When should I begin CPR and when should I stop it?
You should begin CPR only if:
The victim has collapsed either in the last few minutes or in front of you and if that victim is NOT breathing. Remember, CPR should NOT be performed on a person who is breathing.

You should stop providing CPR ONLY IF:

  • If the victim shows signs of life like finger movements, eye movements, coughing etc.
  • If you are asked to stop by a professional healthcare professional (ambulance crew etc).

If you become too exhausted to continue, ask the other bystander to watch how you are providing the chest compressions and do exactly, as soon as you stop and then take over once that bystander gets exhausted. Continue with this cycle.

AED (Automated External Defibrillator)

4. How much jolt is administered by an AED ? Can an actual electric shock be given to the victim?

Some AEDs deliver a higher dose of electricity (360 joules-monophasic AED) while others deliver a lower maximum dose (150 or 200 joules-Biphasic AED).

DO NOT provide an actual electric shock from an electrical output/wire to the victim under any circumstances. The AED provides jolts that are calculative and measured.



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