Think Fast: Test Your CPR Knowledge


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CPR guidelines have changed over the years. Would you know what to do in an emergency? Test your skills here.

What does the acronym "CPR" stand for?

CPR, which stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is meant to resuscitate the body's cardiopulmonary system.


Sudden cardiac arrest claims approximately how many lives in the United States each year?

Around 325,000 people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest, but CPR can help lower that number.


What is another term for cardiac arrest?

Cardiopulmonary arrest is a less commonly used name for cardiac arrest. A heart attack (also known as myocardial infarction) is not the same thing as cardiac arrest.


How long has CPR been used as a means of resuscitation?

Mouth-to-mouth CPR was used as far back as 1740.


What's the ultimate purpose of CPR?

CPR doesn't treat the root cause of cardiopulmonary failure, but it can help buy time until a victim receives advanced medical care.


What response from a person indicates they're in need of CPR?

If a person is unresponsive, it's a sign they need CPR.


You should tap a person on the shoulder to see if they're responsive. How should you approach a baby that seems unconscious or not breathing?

Stroking a baby's skin is the best way to find out if he or she is responsive. You should never shake a baby.


What level of training should a person have before performing traditional CPR with chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose resuscitation?

Traditional CPR is best performed by someone who has been trained in CPR and who is confident in their resuscitation skills.


We used to remember the order of CPR with the acronym "ABC," which stood for airway, breathing and circulation. However, changes to the CPR method use a new acronym. What is it?

The new acronym, CAB, puts an emphasis on performing chest compressions ("circulation") first.


Which organization is responsible for the recent changes in traditional CPR?

The American Heart Association saw a need for greater emphasis on chest compressions during CPR.


Checking a victim's pulse isn't a part of the CPR process for what reason?

Finding a pulse on another person can be difficult. It's better to spend your time attempting to resuscitate the victim.


What is the type of CPR recommended for untrained persons called?

Anyone can perform hands-only CPR, even if they've never taken a CPR training class.


What does hands-only CPR entail?

Hands-only CPR involves chest compressions only. Clearing the airway and mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose resuscitation are not involved.


Chest compressions in CPR act as a surrogate for what internal organ?

Chest compressions squeeze the heart between the breastbone and the backbone to force blood out.


How many compressions per minute are ideal for hands-only CPR?

At least 100 compressions should be administered per minute, but you should aim for more.


What is a good way to ensure you're providing the victim with the right number of compressions?

The Bee Gee's disco classic "Stayin' Alive" has 103 beats per minute. Singing it in your head while performing CPR will help you keep compressions at an ideal pace.


If you're performing hands-only CPR on a victim, how long should you apply chest compressions?

Performing chest compressions is hard work, but to keep a victim alive, you should try to continue them until emergency personnel can take over.


Giving hands-only CPR to a baby is a little different than performing it on an adult. What about the process is the same?

You should perform 100 or more compressions per minute on a baby, just as you would on an adult. However, you should use two fingers (instead of both hands), and shouldn't compress as deeply.


What does an automatic external defibrillator (AED) do to the heart?

An automatic external defibrillator actually stops the heart briefly to give the heart a chance to re-establish a normal heartbeat.


What is the most common reason someone trained in CPR doesn't perform it on a victim?

Many people -- even those trained in CPR -- are unsure of their skills and afraid of doing more harm than good. However, some CPR is better than none at all.


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