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Halloween CPR 2016

Halloween CPR

Both in 2014 and in 2015, Halloween CPR was a big hit.  The students loved it, the instructors loved it – there was a prize given for the “best costume” (voted on by the students).  Of course, everyone got a BLS for Healthcare Providers certification card before they left class.  

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During CPR, Interruptions to Chest Compressions Decrease Survival Rates

This may lose a few non-technical people, with terms like “coronary perfusion pressure”, but bear with me.  This excellent video drives at the heart of what CPR is, why it’s so important to saving the life of a cardiac arrest victim, and why over the past 8 years chest compressions have increased in importance. 

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AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider Class (Newnan, GA) 10/18/20113

Class-AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers

Location:  Univ. of West GA (Newnan Center)

Address:  7 Solar Circle    Newnan, GA 30263  (that’s in Shenandoah Industrial Park – 1 mile north of Bullsboro on Amlajack)

Date:  Friday,  Oct. 18, 2013
Time:  9:00 am –

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Free AED Training, Right Here on this Blog

More FREE AED Training, at least to the extent read-only with pictures and no hands-on-the-AED provides AED training.
Defibtech Lifeline View AED

This AED is a Defibtech Lifeline View. Can you see spot the On/Off button and shock button?

The display (and pads) will show you where the pads go,

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EMS Tips (from Yuma, AZ EMS)

Tips on EMS from Yuma, AZ Fires Dept. April 2013.

Last week the Yuma Fire Department responded to 16 calls for unconscious people and 17 for chest pain/cardiac problems. Would you know what to do if someone went into cardiac arrest?  According to the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center,

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Survival from Cardiac Arrest

It’s estimated that more than 95 percent of cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital (from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest).

A victim’s chances of survival are reduced by 7 to 10 percent with every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation.  Few attempts at resuscitation succeed after 10 minutes.

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Free AED Training 1 (blog-enabled AED training)

Right here – Free AED Training.

The picture to the right is from a Heartstart OnSite AED unit.Heasrtstart Onsite AED unit

 

Here’s the free AED training: 

See the green Power button?  (1) Turn it on.

Can you see where the pads are located (hint: “Pull”)?

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Cardiac Chain of Survival

The cardiac chain of survival, is a common term in emergency medicine, safety, and health education circles – a term that is comprised of the steps that will determine if someone will survive a cardiac arrest, also the steps to improve your liklihood of survival.

Those steps are:  Early access to the Emergency Response System, 

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AED Information (Automated External Defibrillator)

AEDs are Automated External Defibrillators – portable devices available for less than $2,000 that could save the life of an employee, customer, or visitor.

In my opinion, any business that has over 30 employees, or gets more than 100 visitors/customers per day should have one.  Airplanes and schools generally have them,

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The Case for AEDs in SChools

Most people think heart attacks/cardiac arrests only happen to those over 60.

In fact, over 7,000 kids under 18 die each year from cardiac arrest.  Most do not have heart disease or clogged arteries, but are generally healthy, even athletes.  Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death on school property,

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Is Cardiac Arrest Only a Concern for Old People?

Does Cardiac Arrest happen only to folks in their 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s?   Can young, seemingly healthy young people, even under 20, die from sudden cardiac arrest?  Are Cardiac Arrest victims all overweight, with clogged arteries and high blood pressure?
Cardiac arrest strikes all ages, and even healthy young people with no prior health issues have died from cardiac arrest.  

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