Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR is a valuable procedure for recovering insensitive victims to their normal state after a sudden cardiac arrest. Survival rates with this emergency medical care are on the lower side, and hence it’s imperative to debunk the common myths about CPR and make people aware about its facts.

You can easily avail CPR certification onlineCPR

With all the technological advances these days, it is possible to complete CPR training online, but in order to become a certified CPR practitioner; you need to pass the practical test in person. There’s no way you’ll be able to master the skill of performing CPR without having hands-on experience of the same, which is not available through e-learning. You might see a lot of CPR courses offering instant online certification, but that would be of no use to both your expertise and knowledge.

Performing bystander CPR may land you in court

If you happen to be in a situation where you witness a victim of cardiac arrest, then providing him/her with emergency medical assistance in any form whether it is CPR or First Aid is not against the law, till the time you act sensibly and cautiously. Good Samaritan laws provide legal protection against any undesired consequence that may arise as a result of the bystander’s assistance. Whether it works perfectly or not, CPR is a must to perform in any sort of emergency cardiac arrest situation. However, if the savior abandons the victim midway or be careless while handling the situation, the Good Samaritan Law may not come to rescue.

You may be infected with HIV if you perform CPR

This is a common myth among a majority of people who think that CPR with mouth-to-mouth recovery is prone to infect you with HIV virus, which is responsible for AIDS. However, it’s important to note that this deadly virus can only be spread when you come in direct contact with the vaginal fluid, blood or semen of the infected person. You are free to carry a special barrier device, in case you are worried about performing the conventional CPR, or you can also opt for compression-only technique.

In a crisis situation, you should not try performing CPR without training

In case of cardiac arrest, when you are alone with the victim, and you realize that an emergency medical technician will take time to come, you can go ahead and perform compression-only CPR to keep things working till the arrival of a medical personnel. They’ll keep giving you instructions over the phone on how to perform chest compressions. Performing some sort of CPR is better than not performing at all.

It always works!

You might have seen in the movies that every time a CPR is performed, the victim wakes up to life with all vigor, however, this is not the case in real life, where the survival rate after performing CPR is round about 5-10% for adults. The success depends upon how quickly the action is taken after the victim collapses. In most of the cases, when emergency measures are in place, chances of survival for the victim become double fold.