Chances of survival are doubled when CPR is performed in conjunction with an AED.

Did You Know?…….

 

1. SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

2. Approximately 356,000 people of all ages experience SCA each year

3. 9 out of 10 victims die

4. Effective bystanders intervention can triple survival rates

 

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What is the Difference Between Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heart attack?

Often times sudden cardiac arrest and heart attack are used synonymously. In truth the two are very different from one another.

Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating. A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked.

In short a heart attack is about “circulation” and sudden cardiac arrest is an “electrical” problem.

Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when a blocked artery prevents oxygen rich blood from reaching a section of the heart. If the blocked artery is not reopened quickly, the part of the heart normally nourished begins to die. The longer a person goes without receiving treatment, greater damage will be done to the heart. Symptoms can occur almost immediately. Materializing as sharp pain in the chest, and may travel to the arm, shoulder and back. The symptoms may occur slowly over days or weeks prior to a heart attack. These symptoms often appear as shortness of breath or heartburn. Unlike with sudden cardiac arrest the heart usually doesn’t stop beating during a heart attack.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs suddenly and very often without warning. It is when the heart abruptly begins to beat in an abnormal or irregular rhythm called (arrhythmia). Without organized electrical activity in the heart muscle, there is no consistent contraction of the ventricles, which results in the heart’s inability to generate an adequate cardiac output. With its pumping action disrupted, the heart cannot pump blood to the brain, lungs and other organs. Within seconds a person will lose consciousness and have no pulse. Death can occur within minutes if the victim does not receive immediate treatment.

Heart attacks do increase the risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Other heart conditions can also increase the likelihood for sudden cardiac arrest as well. These conditions include a thickened heart cardiomyopathy, heart failure, arrhythmias, particularly ventricular fibrillation, and long Q-T syndrome.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

A cardiac arrest victim can be saved if treated immediately. First, **call 9-1-1 for emergency medical services. Then get a Defibrillator (AED) automated external defibrillator if one is available and use it as soon as it arrives. Begin CPR immediately and continue until professional emergency medical personnel arrive. If two people are available, one should begin CPR immediately while the other calls 9-1-1 and finds the Defibrillator .

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death

There are over 320,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States. By performing Hands-Only CPR, you can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

 

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Woman saved with CPR while attending conference

Sarah Stephenson (Photo Courtesy of WDEL)
Sarah Stephenson (Photo Courtesy of WDEL)

Sarah Stephenson was attending a a conference when she observed a woman nearby having a seizure in her chair.

“She was kind of just sitting there with her head back, so nothing really looked out of the norm,” said Stephenson. “You always want to check out things first before going over to a situation because you never really know what could be happening next, and the safety of you and others around you is still important.”

Stephenson and two of her co-workers Ranee Patterson and NAtalie HAwker, assisted her in placing the woman on the ground and she began CPR.

“I just did [it], and the next thing I know, I’m counting one, two, three, four, up to thirty, and then two breaths, and we did it again. Finally, until the paramedics arrived.”

Stephenson had previously been a lifeguard for 15 years so her training kicked in when it counted.

“If something were to happen, ‘Oh, wow, I know this, I can help this person,’” said Stephenson. “I mean it’s not a difficult task, but you do need to know what you are doing.”

Source: WDEL

 

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Do We Really Need CPR Training?

Do we really need CPR Training?

Here are some statistics we feel make a pretty compelling case to get trained in CPR

 

* 900 Americans die every day from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

* 95% of victims die before reaching a hospital

* 4 minutes – Brain death starts to occur within 4 minutes

 

You can help save a life

 

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This 2 year certification course conforms to the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC, and the 2015 AHA and ARC Guidelines Update for First Aid.

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Hockey player alive today due to AED

It’s the second time in three years that an AED was used at the Piney Orchard Ice Arena to save a hockey players life.

On March 28, a player in the locker room went into sudden cardiac arrest. Players as well as an off-duty Paramedic began CPR and utilized and AED to deliver shocks to the man.

Authorities say the victim had a pulse and was breathing when paramedics arrived. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was released and “joking with friends” the next day, the fire department’s blog said.

The AED was installed due to the initiative of a teenage hockey play and Boy Scout. He noticed that the arena didn’t have a AED.

“This is an example of how learning CPR can save a life. Whether a teammate, a friend, co-worker, loved one, or a complete stranger, starting CPR quickly increases the chance of survival,” says the fire department blog.

“According to the American Heart Association, CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.”

 

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MTA conductor performs CPR on passenger

Pictured: Kevin Bartsch (Photo Courtesy of New York Post)
Pictured: Kevin Bartsch (Photo Courtesy of New York Post)

F-Train conductor, Kevin Bartsch was on a southbound train when passengers alerted him to an unconscious man.

“I found this gentleman slumped over on the bench, people were saying he’s dead,” Bartsch, 50, recalled. “I noticed his lips were blue. I checked for a carotid pulse. He did not have one.”

Bartsch performed CPR on the man while an EMT arrived on the scene with an AED.

The man returned to consciousness before the defibrillator was needed.

Passengers on the scene describe Bartsch as a hero.

Bartsch himself, was rather modest.

“When it all was going on, training mode took over,” he said. “I did what I had to do.”

”It hit me after, I just saved somebody and was up all night reflecting on it,” he said.

Source: New York Post


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CPR/First Aid – Corporate and Group Classes June 11th – 15th

UniFirst First Aid + Safety offers weekly CPR classes for companies and groups, UniFirst First Aid + Safety’s CPR, AED and First Aid training program will help employers meet OSHA and other federal and state regulatory requirements for training employees how to respond and care for medical emergencies at work.

This 2 year certification course conforms to the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC, and the 2015 AHA and ARC Guidelines Update for First Aid.

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4 BIG Reasons You Should Know CPR

Why the big deal about CPR?

Here are fours big reasons CPR is so important.

1. SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

2. Approximately 356,000 people of all ages experience SCA each year

3. 9 out of 10 victims die

4. Effective bystanders intervention can triple survival rates

 

CPR/First Aid – Corporate and Group Classes June 4th –  June 8th

UniFirst First Aid + Safety offers weekly CPR classes for companies and groups, UniFirst First Aid + Safety’s CPR, AED and First Aid training program will help employers meet OSHA and other federal and state regulatory requirements for training employees how to respond and care for medical emergencies at work.

This 2 year certification course conforms to the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC, and the 2015 AHA and ARC Guidelines Update for First Aid.

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Publix employees honored for saving co-workers life

Photo Courtesy of CBS 12

Two Publix Employees, Christina Holbrook and Erika Serkin used a defibrillator on Jon Powell, a meat cutter at Publix West Palm when he collapsed at work.

“I’m just glad to be here and I really don’t know what else to say. I mean everybody else, so many people jumped in to help. I’m grateful for that,” Powell said.

Erika Serkin, the Publix store manager saw Powell on the floor when Christina rushed over to assist.

“I saw him on the floor, and Erika was there and she said something about CPR and it’s all kind of a blur from there, I just went into action and gave him CPR,” said Christina Holbrook, Publix grocery clerk.

“We applied the AED machine to him and you press a button on it and it tells you step by step what you need to do,” Serkin said.

Both woman are happy that they had the been trained to use the defibrillator.

“I’m happy that everything turned out the way it did,” Holbrook said.

Source: CBS12


Celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week

 

In 2007, the AHA in coalition with the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council worked collaboratively to designate a National CPR and AED Awareness Week federally. On December 13, 2007, Congress unanimously passed a resolution to set aside June 1-7 each year as National CPR and AED Awareness Week to spotlight how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED.

If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love. Be the difference for your parent, spouse, or child. What if it were them?

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Source: AHA (American Heart Association)
Credit: AHA (American Heart Association)