Empty milk bottles to practice CPR? You must be joking, right?
Well, initially, yes I was. But then I got thinking.
The problem with many CPR courses are that they involve the use of very costly manikins to train and assess the participants. This leads to expensive courses. CoursesÂ that limit the number of trainees depending on numbers of available manikins, and are relatively immobile due to the difficulty lugging the equipment around from place to place.
The skills required to generate effective CPR and the confidence to actually commence it when it is needed should be taught to the community at large…and for free.
Not just to those who can afford to enroll in these sorts of courses. After all its not rocket science.
And when someone has a cardiac arrest, it is surely better to do something than to stand around doing nothing.
And what about areas of the community that simply do not have access to professionally run courses. What if we could teach these people the basics of CPR using a few simple household items. Lets get these skill out there.
The above video is a simple suggestion for providing an experience that (with a little imagination and some effective teaching) feels not too shabby compared to real CPR. It is easily transportable and can be used to teach large groups of people at one time.
Milk Bottle CPR can also be used very effectively as a platform to teach paediatric CPR techniques, and who knows, perhaps in the future they might print some guidelines right on the containers themselves. By just getting this information out there and giving people the opportunity to actually get some experience of how it feels to give CPR may result in someone who might otherwise stand back, actually stepping up and saving a life.
This video is just intended to demonstrate the idea of using milk containers, my actual CPR is a perhaps a little *ahem* lax. For a more detailed explanation of actual CPR technique you might like to read this and watch this.