According to the American Heart Association over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year in the United States. Statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.
With the help of Lisa Wagner from Renew Life CPR, LLC on May 23rd, the Advanced Wireless staff learned how to perform CPR, use an AED, and what to do when someone is choking for adults, children, and infants. While we hope we never have to use the skills we learned, we are prepared if an emergency occurs.
CPR won’t restart the heart
The purpose of CPR is not to restart a person’s heart, so don’t expect them to suddenly recover (it can happen but is unlikely). CPR is performed to keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other organs until an AED or medical professionals arrive.
Anybody can use an AED
An automated external defibrillator (AED) can be found in most public places, businesses, and hospitals. Its purpose is to analyze the rhythm of the heart and will only deliver a shock when needed. Just turn on the AED and it will talk you through exactly what you need to do. Although the devices themselves are not difficult to use, completing training and having the chance to get answers to your questions helps you react with confidence when a situation arises.
*Make sure to know where your company’s AED is located or request one from management if not available.
To learn more about CPR or find a class near you go to www.heart.org.
Special thanks to Lisa Wagner from Renew Life CPR, LLC for teaching CPR at AWC. Visit their website, renewlifecpr.com, for more information and to set up a class for your company in the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and MN state area.