Red Cross CPR & AED Recertification course content:
How to safely assess and approach an emergency; and look for life threatening injuries
Conscious and Unconscious Choking for Adults, Children and Infants
Asthma, Allergic Reaction, Hyperventilation
CPR & AED for Adults, Children and Infants; Shock; Deadly Bleeding
Learn about what happens if you break someone's ribs while performing CPR in your Red Cross CPR & AED Recertification course near Kelowna, BC.
"What if I break their ribs?"...is a very common question in our Red Cross CPR & AED Recertification courses...with a very simple answer.
YES...you are very likely (almost certainly) going to break someone's ribs if you perform CPR chest compressions. You will also possibly rupture their spleen, puncture their lungs, cause internal bleeding and hear cracking and grinding sounds.
None of this matters...because the grim reality is that if someone isn't breathing...their heart has stopped beating and they are already dead. The only thing you can do that would leave them in a worse condition is...NOTHING. CPR and AED are the only options you have to attempt to save them.
Having someone close by that is willing to begin CPR chest compressions (and hopefully use a nearby AED) immediately is the single biggest factor in Sudden Cardiac Arrest survivabilty.
CPR doesn't have to be perfect to be effective...it just has to be RIGHT NOW.