Beyond learning basic CPR, I also learned a lot of good information about the Good Samaritan act. Many people are afraid to give care because they are afraid of being sued. But here are a couple of facts that will help protect you for doing the right thing:
- If you ask them if you can help and they consent. If they are unconscious it is implied consent
- Do not do more than you are "trained" to do. For example you can perform CPR but not open heart surgery
- Once you start to give care you can not stop giving care until professional help arrives.
The CPR training I received was very informative. Beyond the basic 30 chest compressions and the 2 breaths there is a whole order of how you should respond in an emergency.
Check - Check the area, make sure it is safe for you
Call - Call 911
Care - ABC -- Check the airway, is there breathing, check for blood. If not breathing then perform CPR!
Check out all the steps of CPR on American Red Crosses website: Click on the link that says Be Informed.