Scared to Perform CPR?

I know that you are scared to perform CPR. It makes you nervous. Even grosses you out a little. But your biggest fear? You’re afraid that you will do it wrong.

Let me let you in on a little secret. That is completely normal. After teaching hundreds of people CPR I can tell you that you are not alone.

“What if I do it wrong?”

“What if I freeze?”

“What if I forget?”

These what ifs have a way of burrowing themselves into the back of your mind. They are about as easy to get rid of as a bad case of the hiccups. Unlike the hiccups, holding your breath won’t cure your fear of CPR. Maybe I can help.

Here are a few tips that could make the difference:

1.) For every minute that someone is unconscious without CPR, they have a 10% less chance of survival. The average Fire Department response time 5 minutes. What does that mean? Your action could definitely be the difference between life and death.

2.) Come up with a plan now. What are you going to do if someone goes unconscious in front of you? If the person is a stranger will you still perform CPR? Having a plan will lessen your anxiety.

3.) Buy a CPR Mask – I especially like the ones that fit on your keychain. This way, you are protected for the worst case scenario.

4.) Finally, take a refresher course. Certifications are good for 2 years, but you are likely to forget much sooner than that!

Zack Zarrilli is a Firefighter and the owner of SureFire CPR. His company is comprised of Firefighters, Paramedics, Lifeguards, and EMTs who teach hundreds of CPR, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens, and First Aid classes every year. SureFire CPR’s instructors teach from their own real world experience and specialize in on-site CPR and First Aid training in all of Southern California.

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