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Stayin’ alive Cardio-pulminary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving technique used for someone whose heart has stopped beating. In 1740 the Paris Academy of Sciences recommended mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for drowning victims. Today, hands-only CPR is recommended in an emergency until professional help can arrive.–

You read it first in this week’s The Factory in Guide magazine.

Have you ever been around someone who started choking or having a heart attack? Was there someone around who could help them?  What did you do? Were you really nervous? I always get nervous in times like that.  But I am a lot less nervous when I know more of what to do for people.

Health issues or accidents happen all the time, and am I sure glad there are people who know what to do in those situations!  But the truth is, a lot of us could learn more so we can be ready to help if it should be needed. Even kids can learn to help. Ask your parents or your teachers if you are interested in learning more about CPR or First Aid.

CPR stands for three big words (cardio-pulminary resuscitation) that simply mean a special way to help someone’s heart start beating and for them to keep breathing if they are not, until professional help can come.  Although it wasn’t always called CPR, aspects of this method have been around for a long time.

The Bellows Method was used to hopefully restore breathing, first used by Swiss physician Paracelsus from the 1530s – 1800s. This method used a bellow device to blow air into someone’s mouth which would help to expand their lungs and keep them breathing.

In 1891, external compressions, (which means pushing down on someone’s chest over their heart in repeated movements), successfully restarted the hearts of 2 young human patients of German surgeon Dr. Friedrich Maass. He became the first to advocate chest compressions, rather than ventilation alone, to help with circulation. 

Resusci Anne was produced in 1960. The life-size training manikin (a collaborative effort by Drs. Safar, Elam, and Gordon and Norwegian toymaker Åsmund Lærdal) used to teach CPR skills to more than 400 million people—and counting—worldwide.

And today, we have CPR as well as AEDs. AEDs are portable, life-saving devices called automated external defibrillators. This simply means, if your heart is suddenly out of rhythm or has stopped altogether, someone can use this device on your chest and it will give an electric shock to your heart, hopefully successfully restoring proper heart beat and rhythm, until professional help can come.

All these methods will help to save lives in this world. But what about after this life? I am very glad that Jesus came to make a way to save our lives in the world to come – Heaven. Because He was willing to come to earth and give His life in our place, we can have eternal life!  All we have to do is believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Acts 16:31 says, … “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” NKJV

Scripture taken from the New King James Version, Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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