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Should Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Be a Requirement?

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Around the 1960s, doctors and nurses started using a life-saving procedure, called Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, also known as CPR. Some individuals refuse to give CPR because there are life threatening diseases that can be contracted through the process of saving a person’s life. Although this can be true, people can prevent deadly diseases by getting vaccinations and/or using a CPR First Aid kit. When it comes to the topic of CPR, most of us will readily agree that this life-saving procedure should be mandatory for all human beings. Where this argument usually ends, however, is on the question of why should CPR be a requirement? Whereas some are convinced that CPR should not be a requirement for all human beings, others maintain that once everyone knows CPR you have a better chance recovering from cardiac arrest.
CPR is “a procedure to restore normal breathing after cardiac arrest that includes the clearance of the air passages to the lungs, mouth-to-mouth methods of artificial respiration, and heart massage by the exertion of pressure on the chest” (Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus, 111). The American Heart Association explained on their website, “Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home” (American Heart Association, 1). Nearly 90 percent of people have a cardiac arrest at home, however, it can preventable by enforcing the public to get certificated in CPR. As I mentioned above, once there is an enforcement to get certificated in CPR, individuals will have a greater chance recovering from cardiac arrest and that person could be you. According to the American Heart Association, “African-Americans are almost twice as likely to experience c...

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...have a better chance recovering from cardiac arrest. Have you thought of getting certified for CPR? It can save a life!

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