You Do Have The Power To Restart A Heart
Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes in the United States. Each year in the United States, more that 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital setting. Less than 10 percent of those victims survive. Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone of any age at any time.
So why do Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), these small portable machines get a bad wrap? It may be because so many of the average American is unaware of what this portable life-saving machine really does. We have all watched ER doctors and Paramedics on our favorite evening television show do it… Well sort of, they hear the code blue alert and they go running. By the time they get to the patient’s room, they are in full motion and already have the pads on the patient. Someone says. “Clear!” and BOOM the patient’s chest is lifted of the bed. We hold our breath as a few seconds go by. We hope and wait to hear normal beeping on the monitors, dreading to hear that long beep. And the patient is back.
But what just really happened? What was wrong with the patient? Did they have a heart attack or a cardiac arrest? There are many factors that play a part of how our heart functions in our body. A heart attack occurs when the flood of blood to the heart is blocked. This blockage is most often caused by a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances. The build up overtime will form a plaque in the arteries that lead into the heart, and in severe cases the plaque will beak away forming a clot that interrupts blood flow. Fortunately, heart attacks have symptoms including: pressure, tightness, pain, nausea, heartburn, shortness of breath, cold seats, fatigue. Not all people who have heart attacks have the same symptoms or the same severity of symptoms as they have had in the past. Cardiac arrest is the sudden loss of heart function, consciousness, and breathing. Unlike heart attacks, cardiac arrest has no symptoms and there is no telling when and where a cardiac arrest emergency will happen. Let’s recall more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital setting each year.
That is why it is important for companies and organizations to implement Automated External Defibrillator programs on site, so employees are ready to respond in a cardiac arrest emergency. Placing AEDs in key locations while making sure employees are trained to use them, can mean the difference between life and death. The truth is in the United States only 35% employers offer workplace safety training to their employees. So why so much hesitation on the employers’ side? Is it the fear of being sued moreover having the responsibility of possibility debilitating one of their own? With each minute that fibrillation is delayed, the minute reduces the chance of survival by approximately 10%. A life can hang in the balance as time passes by, having placed AED around the workplace along with proper training can save lives.
At CPR and More we can help teach you how to save a life with and without and AED. It is a simple and short class that can help save the life of your friends, family or other person you care about. Contact us to set up a class in your office or in ours. We will also come to your home with the minimum number of students.
Credit – Gabrielle Cuellar -CPR and More Instructor