While teaching a couple of CPR classes this last few weeks I decided to pass on some reasons why I feel its extremely important to verbalize the steps of CPR while you are training AND if you perform in an emergency.
- It reinforces the retention of critical safety skills while practicing in preparation for an emergency
- It helps others learn from you while watching you perform the skills
- In a real situation it may jog another rescuer into correct action by listening to what you say while you are doing it and vice versa
- It promotes communication and confidence with other rescuers
- It helps you get into the 'zone' therefore improving the chances of performing well in a real emergency
- It shows the person that is testing you in an audit that you are competent
- It promotes teamwork and coordination when working with other rescuers
- Other rescuers even EMS can see where you in the process of emergency care from what your are doing and saying
- It promotes confidence in bystanders especially family members who may be highly emotional. There is a good chance that a nurse, EMT, former lifeguard, will jump from the crowd and distract you if they dont see you in command control.
- It can help in a law suit when witness statements reflect how you verbalized, communicated and coordinated your rescue skills until EMS arrives.
please let me know any I have missed in the comments!