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.
Here are 5 things you need to know about CPR:
Easy to learn
There are many available classes and even eLearning opportunities to learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). People who have had CPR training are more likely to give high-quality chest compressions and are more confident about their skills than those who have not been trained (or have not trained in the last 5 years).
Chest compressions are more important than mouth-to-mouth
For the general public or bystanders it is recommended by the American Heart Association to administer compression-only CPR, also known as Hands-Only CPR. Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. When an adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, the person becomes unresponsive and stops breathing but the person’s body is still filled with oxygen that isn’t being circulated. Getting oxygenated blood to the brain is the most important part of CPR and the purpose of continued compressions is for the brain to get the oxygen that it needs until medical professionals can take over.
Beware of CPR fatigue
CPR is physically demanding and you may find yourself getting tired. When fatigued, the quality of compressions may be effected. If there are other people available to help, switch off every couple of minutes to prevent exhaustion.
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.