Welcome to this edition of The First Aid Show. Now one of the reasons people don’t want to do CPR is one of the fears, and is the fear of infection. And also the fear of touching somebody or something which could be unpleasant, like vomit. You can get face shields and you can wear gloves but one of the other fears you have is actually not remembering what to do. Now if you are a qualified first aider, then hopefully you would be able to remember how to do CPR. However the CPR Wrap was brought out to give a direct 1, 2, 3, 4, reminder printed on a protection device that helps guide you through the CPR process.
Now if you are not CPR trained, the idea is you could pick one of these up, open the packet up and work through the whole process quite simply, just with a bit of basic common sense and knowledge. The CPR wrap is available in 3 sizes. We have got the Adult, Child and Infant sizes. The only difference between them is the guidance that is actually on it and also the size of it. And the infant one has a different type of valve because of the way of the infant when doing CPR. Now with the unit itself, what you do is come to the cardboard box, just open up, pull out
the sachet, and on the back you have got some clear instruction for exactly what to do. 1 Check the scene. 2 Call the Emergency Services. 3 Align it, so actually pop it where you need it, and follow the instructions. So its quite an easy process.
So all you do with there, there are a couple of little nicks on each end, tear it open. Once it is open you can pull the CPR Wrap out and if you just undo it, you can see that there are 2 main parts to it: The body, and also the mouthpiece. You can see that the plastic is a very good quality plastic and you can see that the actual plastic itself will protect you from any potential infection that could be on their clothing if there’s any blood or vomit there. And it covers quite a large area.
Key Aims of the CPR Wrap
But the key thing with CPR Wrap is it gives you instruction. Right here at the beginning, it says here number 1. Position where it needs to be. So you position this directly onto the chest. The second one is doing chest compressions. So the CPR Wrap will assume you have done a breathing check and you know that this person is not breathing. Therefore you must start CPR. So it tells you exactly where to place your hands and it tells you how long to push down for. The next one here, it says push down the depth, so you are pushing down 5-6 centimetres and release, so it is telling you the importance of compressions and also the release, and it tells you to do 30 compressions. The fourth section is where you have got the mouthpiece. So you can pop that into their mouth, you can squeeze their nose and you can deliver two breaths. And then it says repeat the cycle.
So it is a very simple 1, 2, 3, 4, process. And the hope is someone with virtually no training or very limited amounts of training could pick up one of these them is that they are much better than the conventional face shield for the untrained person because they are one unit. They are big, they cover the chest and they also give good instruction.
CPR Wrap is ideal to be used in a possible case of Coronavirus.
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