People who experience sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital are, of course, less likely to survive than those under medical care. However, the chance of survival for these individuals will double or even triple when getting CPR from a passerby.
This is why it is imperative that people start getting trained in CPR so that they can perform it when necessary. Unfortunately, people who are qualified to perform CPR are often unwilling to deliver it. This can be due to many reasons. Listed down below are some of the biggest fears that prevent one to deliver CPR:
Fear of Doing More Harm Than Good
Most people are reluctant to perform CPR simply because they are afraid of hurting the victim rather than helping them. They may be afraid of breaking the victim’s rib for example. However, high quality CPR is not going to break ribs. Chest compressions should be at a depth of around two inches on an adult in order to get the blood flowing again. Victims can suffer from a bone injury in the chest after getting CPR, if emergency responders do not apply vertical pressure and do not allow a full chest recoil.
Fear of Getting a Lawsuit
Another common reason that makes people hesitate to deliver CPR is the fear is getting sued. While it is possible that a victim can sue you after receiving CPR, it is very unlikely. Most state laws have protections for bystanders performing CPR, reflecting how the country is encouraging citizens to deliver CPR when needed. This means that you can be protected from a lawsuit by providing proper care according to your level of training.
Fear of Contracting a Disease
It is reasonable to be afraid of catching a disease when performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. In fact, many people who have gone through CPR training are reportedly turned off by the idea of contracting a contagious disease. While it is true there is a possibility that you may contract certain bacteria and viruses through mouth-to-mouth contact, it does not mean that rescue breathing is the only way to save a victim suffering from cardiac arrest. The AHA recently released new guidelines for CPR that dictates rescuers to only use hands when performing CPR. This means that if you don’t feel comfortable to deliver mouth to mouth, you can provide only chest compressions. For beginners, Hands-only CPR is found to be even more effective than traditional CPR as people are more inclined to provide this type of CPR to the victim.
Fear of Making a Mistake
Most people, unfortunately, are not confident enough to deliver CPR in an emergency situation. Because they are afraid of doing it wrong or making a mistake, they refuse to do it entirely. This is why hands-only CPR can be very effective. It is not as complicated as the traditional CPR because there is no need to remember all the ratio of compressions to rescue breaths. This version of CPR is very easy to learn and perform, even for those without any medical training.
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