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Safety Tip of the Week: CPR

In light of the fact that I just got re-certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) last weekend, I thought I’d share a few tips about why everyone should get trained to perform this life saving skill.  Today’s facts and stats come directly from the American Heart Association’s website.

  • EMS treats nearly 300,000 victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year in the U.S.
  • About 5,800 children 18 years old and under suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year from all causes – including trauma, cardiovascular causes and sudden infant death syndrome.
  • Less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.
  • Less than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR.
  • Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
  • The most effective rate for chest compressions is 100 compressions per minute – the same rhythm as the beat of the BeeGee’s song, “Stayin’ Alive.”
  • Even if CPR is performed, defibrillation with an AED (Automated External Defibrillators) is required to stop an abnormal rhythm and restore a normal heart rhythm.
  • New technology has made AEDs simple and user-friendly. Clear audio and visual cues tell users what to do when using an AED and coach people through CPR. A shock is delivered only if the victim needs it.
  • AEDs are now widely available in public places such as schools, airports and workplaces.
  • Studies have shown that children as young as 9 years old can learn and retain CPR skills.

To find a class that will teach CPR, First Aid, AED and Emergency Cardiovascular care, here is a link to AHA’s Class Connector.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy, and healthy new year.

~ Rayna

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Bystander CPR

Today’s guest blogger is author Chris Redding.

Chris lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, one dog and three rabbits. When she isn’t writing, she works for her local hospital. She has been an American Heart Association CPR instructor for more than 16 years.

Corpse Whisperer, her latest book, is out on Kindle. Incendiary will be out mid-December.

Welcome, Chris!

Before you read my blog, I want you to read this article. Go ahead. I’ll wait. http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20100907/HEALTH/9070313/North-Plainfield-mom-saves-baby-s-life-with-CPR

I had goosebumps when I spoke to that woman on the phone. Why did she call me? Because my job is to teach people CPR. She learned at my hospital from one of my instructors.

Now, let’s talk about bystander CPR. What is CPR?

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation.  It is compressing the chest of someone in cardiac arrest, so that blood pumps through their body. Most importantly to their brain to keep the cells from dying.

Simple?

Sure. Anyone can do it. My twelve year old could walk you through it.

Why does the blood have to pump? Because brain death begins at 4 minutes of the brain not getting oxygen. That is less time than it takes to heat up a Lean Cuisine.

In ten minutes brain death is certain.

But if you perform CPR on someone in cardiac arrest (heart stopped), you will push that envelope. You will keep that person’s brain cells alive.

Because on police cars and ambulances are devices called AEDs. Automated External Defibrillators. They are found in malls and airports, also.

Contrary to popular belief (and reported in the NY Times) an AED does not restart your heart. When a heart initially goes into cardiac arrest, it actually doesn’t stop dead. It quivers for awhile. An AED will stop that quivering in hopes that your natural electrical rhythm, the one that keeps you heart beating, will take over and make your heart beat.

If you do CPR for the ten minutes it may take for an ambulance to get there, you will be keeping that person’s brain alive and keeping them viable so an AED can do its job.

Pretty neat, huh?

And it is easy. Just find a class. Sign up and attend. Call your local rescue squad. Call your local hospital. Someone near you is offering a course. Go to www.americanheart.org to find a class near you.

Do it. Save a life.

Because heroes are trained, not born.

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Thanks for stopping by today.