I know that you are scared to perform CPR. It makes you nervous. Even grosses you out a little. But your biggest fear? You’re afraid that you will do it wrong.
Let me let you in on a little secret. That is completely normal. After teaching hundreds of CPR Classes I can tell you that you are not alone.
“What if I freeze?”
“What if I forget?”
These what ifs have a way of burrowing themselves into the back of your mind. They are about as easy to get rid of as a bad case of the hiccups. Unlike the hiccups, holding your breath won’t cure your fear of CPR. Maybe I can help.
Here are a few tips that could make the difference:
1.) For every minute that someone is unconscious without CPR, they have a 10% less chance of survival. The average Fire Department response time 5 minutes. What does that mean? Your action could definitely be the difference between life and death.
2.) Come up with a plan now. What are you going to do if someone goes unconscious in front of you? If the person is a stranger will you still perform CPR? Having a plan will lessen your anxiety.
3.) Buy a CPR Mask – I especially like the ones that fit on your keychain. This way, you are protected for the worst case scenario.
Don’t worry, you’ll be surprised how quickly your training will come back! Still concerned? Come visit us at one of our Orange County CPR locations and take a refresher!