Cardiac arrest is a malfunction of the heart which causes an irregular beat and disrupts blood flow to vital organs. It is an agonizing and slow way to die and is sadly a leading cause of death in America. Every year, over 350,000 cardiac arrests occur in the United States outside of a medical facility, leaving the victim stranded wherever they are with no doctor in sight and little hope of making it to one in time. Death, however, needs not be inevitable, with the proper training; anyone can learn how to save the life of a person suffering from cardiac arrest. This is the goal of American CPR Care Association.
What is the CPR/ AED course?
The CPR AED course is a video-based guided training that teaches adults and children alike how to save a person suffering from cardiac arrest. It teaches the proper technique to use for chest compression and how to correctly and safely use a defibrillator. This course is designed to develop the skills needed to effectively respond in an emergency situation in accordance with the Emergency Cardiovascular Care’s (ECC) and AHA’s 2015 CPR Guidelines. You can take an official certification course here.
Why is it important?
- Majority of all cardiac arrests occur at home, meaning that, should you be called upon to help a victim, the said victim will likely be a loved one.
- Many Americans have said that they feel helpless to provide aid in the event of a loved one suffering from cardiac arrest.
- Immediate care can mean the difference between life and death for a victim of cardiac arrest.
- Having enough confidence with one’s CPR skills can increase the survival rate of the patients and reduces the risk of further complications.
What do I do when someone is suffering from cardiac arrest?
- Remain calm, get to the nearest phone and call 911.
- Once they have confirmed that EMTs are on their way, go to the person and place your hands in the center of their chest.
- Then, imagine the beat of a song like the classic Bee Gee’s hit disco song “Stayin’ Alive,” proceed to pump your arms up and down to the beat of the song.
- Continue pumping at 100 to 120 beats per minute (the same beat as the song).
- If possible, open the patient’s airway by tilting their head and lifting their chin. Perform rescue breath afterwards. (Conventional CPR)
- Do this alternately with chest compression until medical services have arrived. Remember the ratio 30:2. For every 30 chest compression, 2 sets of rescue breath should be performed.
Save a life
In times of great distress, we cannot rely on a knight in shining armor to come and save us, we must be our own heroes. Each individual has the capacity to be a savior, to prolong a life, to ensure that a parent is given another day to hug their children.