National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Week

4 - 10 November

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR is an emergency procedure. It is performed 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.

Basic CPR can be explained as C-A-B:

  • hard compression of the chest
  • tilting back the head to clear the airway
  • breathing, giving mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths.

The Resuscitation Council of South Africa offers courses in CPR for members of the public, family members, relatives and friends of adults and children at risk for sudden death. It is ideal for laypersons with no prior medical knowledge who want to learn life saving rescue skills for their loved ones.

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