CPR can be very scary for the person performing it. Let’s face it, this person’s life is in your hands.
Chest compressions must be done in the center of the chest. The person must compress to a depth of 2 inches for CPR to work. Compressing on the chest circulates the blood raising the blood pressure. If one does not compress on the chest, the victim’s blood pressure will drop to nothing at all. Most people do not even compress to a depth of 2 inches. That is why it is important to focus on good chest compressions which might me pressing to a depth of more than 2 inches. This could mean that the victim may suffer chest injury which means a broken rib.
You are protected under the good Samaritan Law for this and the victim will appreciate you in the long run when they are able to see another day.
If you do break a rib when doing CPR, please continue because the victim’s life is in your hands and they want to see another day. We can always heal a broken rib, but we can not replace the victim and don’t for get they are a mother, father, sister, brother, child etc.…
For more information on taking a CPR class with an instructor that has don CPR in real life, visit
www.azcprcert.com or call 520-424-4071.