CPR – Nuisance or Necessity?

What do you do when your child’s life is on the line and seconds could literally mean the difference between life and death? If you have a pool, this is a possibility that you could end up facing. You owe it to your family to be as fully prepared as possible when an emergency situation arises. It is true that the new regulations entail having a CPR sign up in clear view of the pool but there is no substitute for training when it comes to pool safety.

There is also no real excuse not to know CPR. In fact, before you even contact a professional in the Brisbane swimming pool construction industry, you should do, at the very least, a course in basic CPR. There are a number of different courses available all over Australia and you can even just do a basic CPR course. You will be able to find a course near you – if there is a St John’s ambulance service around, a CPR course will be offered nearby. The basic CPR course is around two hours long and costs in the region of $55. Can you really afford not to go on one?

Keeping in mind that permanent brain damage can result from the brain not getting oxygen after only six minutes, it is vital to start proper CPR as soon as possible. Naturally, in an emergency situation, you do not have the time or wherewithal to still read a complicated set of instructions – you will need to have undergone proper CPR training so that the application of CPR is more of a trained response than a learning curve.

The ultimate aim of CPR is not necessarily to revive the patient so you need to have someone call an ambulance whilst you are applying the CPR. Your goal in applying CPR is merely to ensure that the person receives a sufficient flow of oxygen to the brain and other soft tissues until the emergency services arrive. It is surprising exactly how fragile the human body is and you will find that these procedures can make all the difference between life and death. Considering that emergency services are unlikely to be able to be there within six minutes, it can also be make all the difference to the quality of life of the individual. As pool builders in Brisbane will tell you, accidents can happen so quickly that your head will spin – you need to be prepared.

And, honestly speaking, if your child were lying lifeless at the side of the pool, wouldn’t you want to be able to help them? Two hours a year seems a small price to pay to be able to safeguard the well-being of your family.