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Think Fast: Test Your CPR Knowledge
by Staff
CPR guidelines have changed over the years. Would you know what to do in an emergency? Test your skills here.

What does the acronym "CPR" stand for?

  • cardiac pain resuscitation
  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • chronic pulmonary revival

Sudden cardiac arrest claims approximately how many lives in the United States each year?

  • 9,000
  • 325,000
  • 1.4 million

What is another term for cardiac arrest?

  • cardiopulmonary arrest
  • heart attack
  • myocardial infarction

How long has CPR been used as a means of resuscitation?

  • since 1455
  • since 1740
  • since 1917

What's the ultimate purpose of CPR?

  • to stop a heart attack
  • to dislodge food or beverage from the airway
  • to keep a person alive until they can receive advanced medical assistance

What response from a person indicates they're in need of CPR?

  • "Call 911."
  • "I need help."
  • They're unresponsive.

You should tap a person on the shoulder to see if they're responsive. How should you approach a baby that seems unconscious or not breathing?

  • Tap his or her shoulder.
  • Stroke his or her skin.
  • Shake him or her.

What level of training should a person have before performing traditional CPR with chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose resuscitation?

  • fully trained but shaky
  • fully trained and confident
  • Anyone can perform traditional CPR, even if they're not trained.

We used to remember the order of CPR with the acronym "ABC," which stood for airway, breathing and circulation. However, changes to the CPR method use a new acronym. What is it?

  • CAB
  • BAC
  • HOC

Which organization is responsible for the recent changes in traditional CPR?

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • The American Red Cross
  • The American Heart Association

Checking a victim's pulse isn't a part of the CPR process for what reason?

  • You need to be certified in this part of the process.
  • It is part of the process -- you should check the victim's pulse.
  • Trying to find a pulse can waste precious time.

What is the type of CPR recommended for untrained persons called?

  • hands-only CPR
  • mouth-to-mouth CPR
  • basic CPR

What does hands-only CPR entail?

  • using your hands to administer chest compressions and open the victim's airway
  • using your hands to administer chest compressions only
  • neither

Chest compressions in CPR act as a surrogate for what internal organ?

  • the lungs
  • the liver
  • the heart

How many compressions per minute are ideal for hands-only CPR?

  • 15
  • 60
  • 100 or more

What is a good way to ensure you're providing the victim with the right number of compressions?

  • Count aloud.
  • Sing the Bee Gees' song "Stayin' Alive."
  • Have a bystander time you.

If you're performing hands-only CPR on a victim, how long should you apply chest compressions?

  • one minute
  • until emergency personnel arrive and take over
  • until the 911 operator tells you to stop

Giving hands-only CPR to a baby is a little different than performing it on an adult. What about the process is the same?

  • how you position your hands
  • the depth of compressions
  • the number of compressions

What does an automatic external defibrillator (AED) do to the heart?

  • starts it back up
  • stops it
  • It doesn't affect the heart.

What is the most common reason someone trained in CPR doesn't perform it on a victim?

  • They're afraid of catching a disease from the victim.
  • They're nervous they'll perform it incorrectly and harm the victim.
  • They aren't interested in helping.