As the name suggests, ‘First Aid’ is the first thing a patient should receive if they are in danger. One of the main things in the First Aid regime is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR for short. CPR is used to save people in critical conditions. I learned how to give a CPR as I go on many treks and other adventurous activities and it is highly likely for someone and even for myself to go through certain symptoms which can be recovered via CPR; hence, this will help me in the future.
This was a risky task to learn, as a person’s life mattered when used in real-life situations; hence, mistakes are not feasible. So, it was crucial to know my weaknesses and strengths. For the strengths, I believe that my technique was up to the mark; however, for my weakness, my main weakness is the fear of making mistakes in these situations and the responsibility of someone’s life. It is important to learn about your strengths and weaknesses because while doing a task, you will know where you will do good and where you are less likely to succeed; when one knows their strengths, one can also help others. It is important to learn about your weaknesses as it is important to know your strengths as they let you know where you need to improve or not in critical situations.
It was challenging because any small mistake can make a person die if not done correctly. So, as there was no room for errors, learning how to perform CPR was challenging. I had not done anything similar before. I just became determined to learn it and overcame this challenge; however, I could not perform it on a real person or even a dummy, so the results in a real-life situation might be different from what was learned. Undertaking this challenge was not that difficult. The only thing that bothered me was the fear of implementing my knowledge about the topic in real-life scenarios. Undertaking new challenges help you learn new skills, which can help in certain situations in the future.
Commitment and perseverance were necessary while learning about CPR and how it can affect a person if done incorrectly, as knowing about those effects scared me. I decided to stop learning it for a while, but after some days, I thought that ‘since I have already learned this much, why not learn the whole thing,’ and that kept me going and made me learn how to perform it. Usually, it is difficult for anyone to commit to things truly; hence it is difficult for me to commit to something.
While learning the proper way the hand has to be placed on someone’s chest while giving chest compressions – depending on the patient’s age – my younger brother helped me by making himself a decoy; of course, I did not perform CPR on him as he was healthy. However, it helped me identify the specific spot on the chest where chest compressions should be given. It was easy to work with him as he is always free, and I did not need much of his time. However, generally, it depends on who I work with. If I work with someone I know, I am much more likely to work well with them. In this activity, I did not have people with whom I had difficulties working. Working collaboratively helps us identify each other’s weaknesses easily. The use of teamwork in my activity was to learn about the human body and how to save it in a critical situation.
There were several ethical issues in this activity as someone’s life is in my hands. Hence I could not perform anything unless I have the qualification to give CPRs. Due to the circumstances, I was only able to learn the theoretical part of the activity, which doesn’t qualify me to perform CPR on people. My opinion on the issue has stayed the same after this activity.
I believe that this activity come under the SDG number 15, life on land as humans are also a living species saving them via CPR would be saving life on land.
The main Learner Profile Attribute I demonstrated in this activity was ‘Principled,’ by learning all the methods step by step to reduce the error and follow all the rules and regulations of performing CPR.
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