Being trained to perform CPR offers life-saving skills, but knowing when to use them requires a quick assessment and a willingness to jump into action.
CPR can help save someone who has stopped breathing, has no heartbeat and is unresponsive, says Layne Woodward, a registered nurse clinical care manager at Tidelands Health community health resources and a Heartsaver CPR instructor.
Tidelands Health, in partnership with the YMCA of Coastal Carolina, offers regular Heartsaver CPR classes. The four-hour course is designed for everyday people and teaches basic pediatric and adult CPR, how to respond to choking, basic first aid and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
“Of course, you don’t want to provide CPR to someone who doesn’t need it,” Woodward says. “But for someone who needs it, they’re not going to be able to tell you they need it. You’ll need to quickly make that determination and take action.”