A Heart Attack Vs. Cardiac Arrest

People often say that someone died of a heart attack and the media is partially responsible for reporting this. People do not die of a heart attack, rather they die of cardiac arrest if somebody doesn’t save them in time with CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). A heart attack is a plumbing problem where…

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Hands-Only CPR / Stayin’ Alive Part 2

In the US alone Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs more than 1,000 times a day. A person suddenly becomes unresponsive, stops breathing and may be gasping. The heart stops pumping blood to the body and beats irregularly in a rhythm called Ventricular Fibrillation. Compressions are needed to keep blood circulating until a Defibrillator can shock…

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A ‘Really’ Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan Law (GSL) was created so that people are not afraid to help someone in an emergency situation fearing that if they make a mistake that they will be sued. Just doing the best you can until help arrives can make the difference between life and death before Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrive on…

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Saving Women with CPR

A woman jogger suddenly collapses in front of you in a park and there is no one else around. After phoning 911 on your cell speakerphone you check for breathing for ten seconds. She is not breathing, or only gasping. What you do next depends on whether you are a man or a woman. According…

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What are the Newest advances in CPR?

‘Out with the old and in with the new’. Well, not so fast!. Every five years The American Heart Association (AHA) updates their Guidelines for CPR and Emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) These updates are based on the data coming from both Hospital Emergency departments and from EMTs in the field for the treatment of Cardiac…

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Find an AED quickly please

The average response time for the Fire Dept. or an ambulance to arrive at the front door of a business, or a residence is eight minutes. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation a persons chance of survival decreases by 7–10% [1]. By the time EMTs arrive in eight minutes if bystander CPR…

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Hands-Only CPR / Stayin’ Alive Part 1

Using you skills as a Bystander Most people would like to save someones life if they could do so safely, but the biggest deterrent for a bystander to Not initiate CPR in public is fear of giving mouth-to-mouth to a stranger. Now, especially with COVID-19 amongst us, we can avoid doing the scariest part of CPR: giving…

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To Breathe or Not to Breathe

Most people who take a CPR class, or BLS Provider certification are fulfilling a requirement for their job, but any of those individuals would say how rewarding it is to have these lifesaving skills off the job, as well. When using your CPR skills as a Bystander Personal Protective Equipment (PPE, of course) won’t become…

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