Many footballer fans and viewers from around the world were left shocked on the 12th of June, as renowned Danish footballer, Christian Eriksen, collapsed on the pitch in Denmark’s Euro 2020 match against Finland.
It has since been confirmed that the sportsman had suffered from a cardiac arrest.
Luckily, a team of medical professionals were able to swiftly treat the athlete and perform the CPR technique, undoubtedly saving him.The lifesaving actions of both the players and medical professionals serve as a reminder of just how important learning first aid and CPR is.
What is CPR?
CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
It is a first-aid technique that involves performing chest compressions and rescue breaths on the victim. Essentially, this action replaces the role of the heart and lungs, pumping blood and oxygen around the victim’s body.
This life-saving technique can be used in emergencies such as hearts attacks or a near-drowning, wherein the victim’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.
It is recommended that individuals perform CPR even if they are somewhat unsure of how to do so. But, of course, first-aid training and CPR knowledge is extremely important.
How do I perform CPR?
If you witness a cardiac arrest, you must call 999 and start CPR immediately.
Due to the current pandemic, the British Heart Foundation has made some minor changes to how CPR is to be performed, but here are the current steps:
Step 1: Shake and shout for help.
Step 2: Call 999.
Step 3: Don't put your face close to theirs. If you think there's a risk of infection, use a towel or a piece of clothing and lay it over their mouth and nose.
Step 4: Give chest compressions only – do not give rescue breaths.
Step 5: Continue until an ambulance arrives.
Step 6: After the ambulance has taken over wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel.