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, every year more than 160,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest.
Cardiac arrest is a condition where the heart suddenly stops pumping blood. In many cases, the heart goes from a regular heartbeat to random twitching (called ventricular fibrillation). When something like this happens blood stops moving through the body. In this condition, quick action must be taken for the person to have a chance of survival. These recommended actions are often referred to as the “Chain of Survival” and are:
– Calling 911 (Getting the Paramedics on the way)
– Starting CPR (Chest compressions especially!)
– Early Defibrillation (using an Automated External Defibrillator-AED- if one is available)
– Early Arrival of Advanced Care (Paramedics)
Since 2009, the Yuma Fire Department has been providing instruction in the new “Continuous Chest Compression” CPR (that does not include mouth to mouth resuscitation), and has trained over 4,500 people! Studies have shown CCC-CPR is not only more likely to be used, but also is more effective than traditional CPR.
Learn CPR – Save a Life !