CPR

As we get better at tracking incidences of sudden cardiac arrest and identifying the factors which increase survival rates, it becomes clear there is a need for bystander involvement.

On November 2, 2013, a vibrant 19‐year‐old Mechanicsburg, PA girl passed away without warning…

In February, two central Wisconsin fire departments, Wausau and Stevens Point, issued a friendly challenge to see which department could train the most participants in hands-only CPR

Finding your pet not breathing or with his heart not beating can be a terrifying experience, but there are things you can do.

Let’s go room by room and look at the ways you can ensure your kids are safer, despite your attention being elsewhere from time to time.

A Look at the Strangely-Intermingled Relationship between Heroin and other Opiate-induced Overdoses and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Heroin overdoses are on the rise all across the United States. This is due to recent governmental policies which restrict access to prescription opioid medications. While these recent initiatives have been implemented with great intentions for public safety, an unintended rebound effect of heroin flooding the streets of major cities all across the United States is currently in progress. With the prevalence of these increased numbers of overdoses coinciding with the media attention given by the recent New Hampshire primaries, the nation is becoming …

As happens every five years, the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) have announced updated recommended guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC). There were no major changes for out of hospital cardiac arrest procedures from the last guidelines update in 2010 , but there are some tweaks to the basic processes used for CPR. The “Chain of Survival” is still the same: call for help (EMS, 9-1-1); immediately begin CPR with effective chest compressions; rapid defibrillation (AED); effective advanced life support; and integrated post-cardiac arrest care. …

  There are more than 100 million people in the USA who either have no health insurance or live in areas where access to doctors or even basic healthcare services is extremely limited. When there is an inability to obtain primary care or basic health services, the access to preventive measures becomes severely limited. This, in turn, helps to add to the high cost of health care in our nation. This year America’s Health Centers are celebrating 50 years of success in delivering healthcare for those in need. For more than 30 years, the National Association of Community Health Centers …

   Oregon and Maine are two states which require CPR & AED training as a condition of high school graduation. Combined with the other states which have similar laws, this could mean nearly one million new trained potential rescuers will join the US population each year. Oregon passed the new law, SB79, in June with an effective date of July 1, 2015, and began with the 2015-2016 school year. In Maine, the new law, HP974, had a tougher road as it was originally vetoed, then overridden in June. The law’s effective date was intended to be July 2014, but was …

Importance of CPR Though the vast majority of adults have reported receiving CPR training at some point in their life,[I] bystander CPR response for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims is uncommon.[ii] For instance, in one study of 3,053 out-of-hospital cardiac arrest events, only 33% of the victims received bystander CPR.[iii] While dispatchers can help encourage bystanders to perform CPR, bystander intervention remains low, is of poor quality, delayed, and many bystanders fail to recognize cardiac arrest symptoms.[iv] CPR saves lives.[v][vi] In a study of 1,297 people with witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, physicians Richard O. Cummins, MD, MPH and Mickey S. Eisenberg, …

  So, you’ve recently purchased an AED. You’ve unpacked it, set it up, and have pretty much figured out how to use it. You are fairly certain you are ready for a cardiac emergency, but are you 100% sure? After all, we are talking about a piece of medical equipment. What if you could increase your knowledge and confidence and be absolutely sure you can handle a situation where someone goes down and needs immediate help? Having an AED is a perfect start, but an AED is only part of the equation. Someone will have to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) …

   We talk a lot about the importance of being trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). We talk about our CPR Manikins, CPR masks, training classes, and so on. What is at the root of all of this? Why is CPR so important?                        According to Scott Caruthers, founder of Training for Life, Inc., “CPR is important because it provides those who have stopped breathing, for whatever reason, a ‘bridge’ from the moment of their death, to the moment professional responders arrive, during which the rescuer maintains the circulation of oxygen rich blood …

  June 1-7 is National CPR/AED Awareness Week. During this week and throughout the month of June, AED Superstore would like to stress the importance of learning CPR and the use of AEDs. The American Heart Association® (AHA) has advocated the Hands-Only CPR™ method for nearly 10 years. This method has simplified the life-saving technique by placing emphasis on chest compressions and keeping the blood flowing to vital organs, especially the heart and brain. Without the complication of rescue breaths, which may cause some to hesitate, more potential rescuers are willing to attempt CPR.                                                                                               What if you could make Hands-Only …

Every responder has one. Every responder needs one. You use it and throw it away. You get another one. How much thought goes into the purchase of a CPR Mask? What are the important facts behind the decision? Brand name, quality, familiarity, price point, and personal preference might be contributing factors. Let’s see if we can help clear up some of the differences between the various masks available.                                                                                                                              CPR masks are essentially the same across all manufacturers, but there are differences – some subtle, some major. The basic CPR mask is designed to protect the rescuer and to keep them …

This year’s National Nurses Week is upon us, from May 6, which is National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of modern nursing founder Florence Nightingale. This year’s theme “Ethical Practice, Quality Care” highlights the importance of ethics in nursing and recognizes the commitment, compassion, and care demonstrated by nurses in their profession.                                                                                                                                                     The American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2015 as the “Year of Ethics” to promote and advocate for the rights, health, and safety of nurses and patients. First observed in 1954, the week will feature celebrations and receptions across the nation to honor the work …

  California has joined the ranks of states mandating CPR classes as a requirement for graduating. AB 319 has been introduced for consideration to the state assembly committee on education. This bill requires school districts and charter schools to provide instruction on performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to high school students. The course would be included in either physical education class or as part of another class required for graduation. In California, CPR and AED instruction is part of the current health class curriculum framework. However, health class is not a requirement …

Maine lawmakers have introduced House Bill LD556 which would require public schools to offer hands-only CPR to high school students. Legislators were joined by members of the American Heart Association® and community representatives in showing support for the bill. The goal, according to the bill’s sponsor Representative Matt Pouliot, is to create a generation of lifesavers in Maine. We notice a trend here (and if you’ve been reading our blog lately, you might have noticed a trend too!). Depending on how quickly the bill passes muster, Maine could become the 23rd state with such a law on the books. With several …