A Step-by-Step Guide to Performing CPR on Your Pet

CPR for Pets

Did you know that a whopping 84.6 million families own a pet (American Pet Products Association)? That’s 68% of all American households! For animal lovers, our pets are part of the family. We love them, we cherish them, and we turn to them for comfort. They bring us joy and they make us laugh.

Although our animals are beloved members of the family, how many of us are prepared to perform life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event our furry friend’s heart stops beating?

Pet CPR

Recommendations for CPR in Dogs and Cats

CPR is a combination of chest compression and artificial respiration. It is typically performed when you cannot feel or hear your pet’s heartbeat. Once the animal stops breathing, the heart will go into cardiac arrest and stop beating.

According to American Veterinary Medical Foundation, in 2012, more than 100 veterinary specialists from around the world reviewed scientific papers related to CPR in animals to put together comprehensive guidelines for veterinarians and pet owners. General recommendations include:

  • Perform 100 to 120 chest compressions per minute.
  • Compressions should be performed with the animal lying on its side and should be as deep as one-third to one-half of the chest width.
  • Ventilate intubated dogs and cats at a rate of 10 breaths per minute. For mouth-to-snout ventilation, maintain a compression-to-artificial respiration ratio of 30-2.
  • Perform CPR in 2-minute cycles. If possible, switch the person performing the compressions with each cycle.
  • In a medical setting, administer vasopressors every 3 to 5 minutes during CPR.

A free special issue of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care covers the development of the guidelines as well a detailed evidence analysis.

How to Perform Artificial Respiration and CPR on Your Pet

First, check for a heartbeat by watching for the rise or fall of the chest, feel for breath using your hand, or check the gums — they will turn blue from lack of oxygen. Make sure the animal’s airway is clear and free from obstructions.

At this point, it’s important to note that performing CPR on an animal that is healthy and has a heartbeat can cause physical complications and may even be fatal. If your pet’s chest is not moving and you cannot detect a heartbeat, begin CPR with chest compressions immediately.

Next, prepare to begin chest compressions. The American Red Cross recommends placing your hands on your pet as follows:

    • For cats, small dogs and puppies, place the heel of one of your hands directly over the pet’s heart and place your other hand on top of the first hand.
    • For deep-chested dogs, place the heel of one hand over the widest part of the chest and place your other hand directly over the first hand.
    • For barrel chested dogs, place the dog on its back, place one hand over the widest part of the sternum, and place your other hand on top of the first hand. Lock your elbows and make sure your shoulders are directly above your hands.

Once your hands are in place, push hard and fast at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute, again compressing one-third to one-half the width of your pet’s chest. Make sure that the animal’s chest returns to its normal position before compressing again to ensure oxygen is entering the body.

After you’ve performed 30 chest compressions, begin giving rescue breaths. “To give rescue breaths, gently close the pet’s mouth and extend the pet’s neck to open the airway. Cover your pet’s nose with your mouth and exhale until you see the pet’s chest rise. Give a second rescue breath” (American Red Cross).

Continue giving CPR with a cycle of 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths until your pet begins breathing. Check for breathing and a heartbeat every two minutes.

To learn more about animal first aid or to complete an online cat and dog first aid training, visit redcross.org.

For more information on the importance of CPR for humans, read our post, 10 Reasons Why You Should Learn CPR. Cardio Partners and AED.com offers CPR, First Aid, AED, and bloodborne pathogen training courses in all 50 states in traditional classroom settings and in blended learning courses. To learn more about our courses or to schedule a training, call our team at 866-349-4362 or email us

at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

 

5 Tips for AED Program Management in the Workplace

Are your employees ready to respond to a cardiac emergency in the workplace?

The American Heart Association reported that in 2016, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurred. OSHA estimates that 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur each year in the workplace. The importance of having an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) in your workplace is clear, and in fact, many work environments already have AEDs and first aid kits. But are you and your employees truly prepared to respond to a medical emergency in the workplace?

Unfortunately, recent data indicates that most employees are not prepared to handle cardiac emergencies. In a survey about cardiac emergency preparedness conducted last summer, the American Heart Association discovered that most workers do not have access to CPR and first aid training and that fully half of them were unable to locate an onsite AED. In the hospitality industry, where employees are welcoming guests who are unfamiliar with a property, 66% of those surveyed cannot locate an AED.

In response to the findings, Michael Kurz, M.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, said, “the data suggests these untrained employees may be relying on their untrained peers in the event of an emergency, leaving employees with a false sense of security.”

At Cardio Partners, it’s our goal to help ensure that organizations and individuals are well-prepared and ready to act in the event of a cardiac or medical emergency in the workplace.

5 Best Practices for AED Program Management in the Workplace.

Enlist an AED and First Aid Advocate

Whether you work for a Fortune 500 corporation with thousands of employees and hundreds of AEDs or you’re an entrepreneur with a single AED and one or two employees, it’s important to make sure that your team is as committed to safety and emergency readiness as you are.

First, identify employees who are well-respected by their peers and who you think would be interested in helping you promote workplace safety and cardiac awareness. Be sure to share information about your AED program with them, including information about what AEDs are and how they work.

These in-house champions will help promote your emergency readiness plans and can educate their peers about the importance of AEDs and first aid training. They’ll also replace the false sense of security some untrained employees may feel with a clear resource for information and instruction about emergency first aid.

Keep Your AEDs in Plain Sight

Timing is critical when it comes to administering CPR or defibrillation. For every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation, the chances of survival decrease 7-10% (American Heart Association).

For optimal AED placement, OSHA recommends that AEDs be conveniently installed to ensure response within 3 to 5 minutes, near a confined space, in:

  • Areas where many people work closely together, such as assembly lines and office buildings.
  • Areas where electric-powered devices are used.
  • Outdoor worksites where lightning may occur.
  • Health units where workers may seek treatment for heart attack symptoms.
  • Company fitness units and cafeterias.
  • Remote sites, such as offshore drilling rigs, construction projects, marine vessels, power transmission lines, and energy pipelines.

Invest in an AED Compliance Management System

Make sure that your AEDs are in compliance and are emergency-ready with a user-friendly AED Compliance Management System. Online systems such as Cardio Partners’ Premium AED Compliance Management System ensure that your equipment is properly registered, checked, logged, and that your physician’s prescription is up-to-date. These systems can also help you track the expiration dates of your defibrillators’ batteries and pads.

Spring for Training

Now that you have an AED cheerleader, you’ve placed your devices strategically, and you’ve committed to an AED Compliance Management System, you’ll want to make sure that your employees know how to use your emergency medical equipment. You’ll also want to make sure they know how to recognize a sudden cardiac arrest and how they should go about activating your emergency response plan.

It’s worth noting that more than 90% of the employees who participated in the two American Heart Association surveys said they would take employer-sponsored CPR and first aid training courses. Improve safety by boosting your employees’ confidence. Enroll your team in CPR, First Aid, and AED courses today!

Practice Makes Perfect

Be sure to include AEDs in your emergency response drills. Emergency readiness drills can help ensure that your employees know where your AEDs are located and how to use them.

For more information about AED best practices in the workplace or to schedule a cardiac preparedness consultation, contact www.aed.com at 866-349-4362 or email us at customerservice@aed.com.

AED Compliance Management

AED Compliance Management

Last week, we discussed the importance of having an AED in the workplace. This week, we’re taking a look at why it’s important to make sure your equipment is in compliance. At Cardio Partners, we’re committed to making sure that your workplace is both well-prepared and well-protected in the event of a medical emergency. In addition to our CPR and first aid training courses, AED sales and maintenance, and our comprehensive consultation services, our user-friendly online AED compliance management system helps ensure that your AED is both in compliance with local laws and is emergency-ready.

Why is AED Compliance Important?

Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. Sudden cardiac arrest — an electrical malfunction in the heart that disrupts the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and other vital organs — is a leading cause of death among Americans (American Heart Association). While these startling statistics make a strong case for the importance of CPR training and certification, they also shed light on the significance of properly maintained AEDs and investing in a full-service AED Compliance Management System for your workplace.

Out-of-compliance AEDs not only cost lives, but they result in heartbreakingly tragic and unnecessary lawsuits. Keep your AEDs in good working order with a reliable Compliance Management System. AED Compliance Management Systems are the easiest and safest way to make sure that your equipment is up-to-date and are ready to save lives. You can also dramatically reduce your legal liability by investing in a compliance system.

What Should Be Included in an AED Compliance Management System?

Whether you have a single AED or dozens, a user-friendly online AED compliance management system can help reduce your liability. Look for a system that includes the following features:

AED Registration

A full-service AED Compliance Management System makes it easy to register and track your life-saving devices. Make sure your team and your clients are well protected by keeping all pertinent information and instructions about your AEDs in an easily accessible place: at your fingertips.

Monthly AED Check Reminders

We understand that business owners, facilities managers, school administrators, executive directors, and medical personnel are busy. With so much on your plate, it’s easy to overlook AED maintenance checks. With Cardio Partners’ online AED Compliance Management System, however, you’ll never forget another check-in. Our system sends an email reminder every 30 days so you can enjoy peace of mind while keeping your focus on your business.

AED Check Logging

Many states require monthly inspections of AEDs. Online systems ensure that your equipment remains in compliance year-round.

AED Unit Readiness and Expiration Tracking

Even with monthly reminders, checks, and routine preventative maintenance, AEDs expire. Compliance Management Systems help keep you up-to-date and your equipment in good working order.

24-Hour AED Use Helpline

Whether you’re training new employees, have a general question about how to use your equipment, or need immediate assistance, full-service AED compliance management systems offer online chat, phone, email, and help desk support.

Resource Library Access

Laws regarding AEDs vary by state. We understand that finding the right information can be overwhelming! With an AED Compliance Management System from Cardio Partners, you’ll gain access to a comprehensive online library of legal, statutory, and regulatory requirements.

Medical Direction

Rest assured knowing that a physician medical director is assigned to provide, review, and approve current rescue protocols.

AED Prescription Maintenance

AEDs are manufactured and sold under guidelines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA may require someone who purchases an AED to present a physician’s prescription for the device (American Heart Association). Compliance management systems help users maintain current prescriptions for their onsite AEDs.

AED Oversight

Leave compliance to the compliance professionals with a turn-key management system.

Courtesy Overdue Calls

If your inbox is overwhelmed and you missed our monthly email notifications, you’ll receive a courtesy call from our team 45 and 60 days after an overdue inspection. Don’t worry, we have you and your team covered.

Leave your AED compliance management to us. For more information about AED Compliance Management Systems, contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

10 Reasons Why You Should Learn CPR

The Importance of CPR Training and Certification

If you’re still cooking up your resolutions for the new year, we have a humble suggestion for you: add CPR training to your list. CPR helps keep blood and oxygen flowing and dramatically increases the chances of survival in those who suffer a cardiac arrest.

Here are 10 great reasons why you should learn CPR this year:

Heart Disease is the Leading Cause of Death in the United States

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming the lives of more than 600,000 people each year.

CPR Saves Lives

While heart disease is on the rise, CPR can help save lives. According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurred in 2016. Sadly, 88% of people who suffer from a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital die. However, when properly and promptly performed, CPR can dramatically improve person’s chance of survival.  

Anyone Can Learn CPR

Anyone can learn CPR and everyone should. The American Heart Association reports that 70% of Americans feel helpless to act in the event of a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to effectively administer CPR or their training has lapsed.

The Life You Save May Be That of a Loved One

Did you know that four out of five cardiac arrests occur at home? Not only that, but many victims of sudden cardiac arrest appear healthy and may not have any known heart diseases or risk factors. Performing CPR promptly may save the life of someone you love.

Prevent Brain Death

Brain death occurs four to six minutes after the heart stops breathing. CPR effectively keeps blood flowing and provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs, giving the victim a better chance for full recovery. Everyday Health reports that If CPR is given within the first two minutes of cardiac arrest, the chances of survival double.

CPR Makes You Smarter

Let’s face it, by the time you complete CPR training, you’ll know something that you didn’t know before you started!

You’ll Feel Confident in the Event of A Cardiac Emergency

CPR classes will equip you with the tools and the confidence you need to transform yourself from the role of bystander to lifesaver. CPR certification will give you the necessary training to make the right decisions in the event of a cardiac emergency.

CPR Classes are Fun

By nature, CPR classes are hands-on and interactive. While there may be some online training involved, course participants will learn how to properly execute chest compressions in a fun and supportive environment.

You’ll Test Your Musical Knowledge

The tempo at which you should give chest compressions lines up nicely with popular musical gems such as the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” “Walk Like an Egyptian” by the Bangles, and “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” by country duo Big and Rich.

Join the 3 Percent

An online resource for emergency medical services personnel, EMS1, notes that “Although evidence indicates that bystander CPR and AED use can significantly improve survival and outcomes from cardiac arrest, each year less than 3% of the U.S. population receives CPR training, leaving many bystanders unprepared to respond to cardiac arrest.” Become a part of the solution and sign up for a CPR training course today.


Cardio Partners is a trusted nationwide CPR training center
. We offer CPR, First Aid, AED, and bloodborne pathogen training courses in all 50 states in traditional classroom settings and in blended learning courses. To learn more about our courses or to schedule a training, call our team at 866-349-4362 or email Cardio Partners at customerservice@cardiopartners.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Cardio Partners awarded by American Red Cross

 

Brentwood, TN – Cardio Partners, Inc., a Sarnova company specializing in cardiac products, services and solutions, was awarded by the American Red Cross as their top strategic training partner. Cardio Partners is currently the #1 training provider of American Red Cross BLS First Aid/AED/CPR courses, supplying both traditional and blended courses to companies and individuals nationally.

Cardio Partners offers over 25 CPR and emergency preparedness courses including all relevant courses from the American Red Cross (ARC). With over 500 licensed instructors nationwide and over 350,000 people certified, Cardio Partners is at the forefront of cardiac solutions and training. Brian Leonard, Director of Field Sales and Training, stated:

“Cardio Partners truly appreciates this award. The American Red Cross is a true partner to Cardio Partners working together both organizations have become stronger. This partnership has been key to the growth of Cardio Partners and look forward to a strong relationship for many years to come.”

Jack McMaster, President PHSS Divsion of the American Red Cross, presented the award to Cardio Partners at the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) Conference in New Orleans. The ECCU mission is to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest by stimulating effective community, professional and citizen action.

About Cardio Partners, Inc.:

Cardio Partners is a national leader in emergency prevention and an ardent advocate in the fight against Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Cardio Partners provides consultation, equipment and end-to-end training, offering a complete cardiac solution to customers. As an authorized master distributer of all FDA-approved defibrillator devices, the company provides customers the best-in-class value for new and recertified equipment. Customers’ emergency preparedness needs are met via Cardio Partners’ nationwide CPR training courses and state-of-the-art program management services. For more information, visit www.cardiopartners.com.

About Sarnova:

Sarnova is the leading national specialty distributor of healthcare products in the emergency medical services (EMS) and acute care markets. The company is comprised of four major business units: Bound Tree Medical, Cardio Partners, Emergency Medical Products and Tri-anim Health Services. Sarnova is a company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry. For more information, visit www.sarnova.com.

Media Contact:

Jake Swartz, Senior Marketing Manager, (866) 349-4363, jacob.swartz@cardiopartners.com

Gasping Can Indicate Survival After Cardiac Arrest

According to the AHA, more than 350,000 people experience a non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) every year, averaging to more than 1,000 victims each day*. Among those statistics, only about 10 percent of OHCA victims survive. To combat these odds, however, a quick response with an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and CPR can improve the survival rate of an individual. In addition to the efforts of a rescuer, a recent study suggests gasping for air before or during CPR in an OHCA victim can actually be an indicator of survival with “favorable” brain function.

Gasping, or agonal respiration, is an individual’s natural reflex to allow for oxygen and circulation during CPR. This is said to be a marker for brainstem activity.

Remember, if someone is unresponsive and not breathing OR not breathing normally, start CPR.

According to researcher Guillaume Debaty, MD, this is the first report of its kind to stress the connection of gasping as a predictive factor to long-term survival and favorable brain function. Of those survivors, 37 percent had irregular respiration during CPR. This indicator is seen as a positive, which further solidifies the need for chest compressions during an OHCA on a gasping victim.

Following this study, researchers are recommending an emphasis be placed on identifying abnormal pattern breathing as an early sign of cardiac arrest. One of the authors of the report said it is a person’s natural response “deserving attention.” With this recent information, there is new stress on incorporating the recognition of gasping into CPR training. Researchers highlight the importance of rescuers correctly associating gasping as an indicator of cardiac arrest, rather than normal breathing.

Another goal for attributing gasping to cardiac arrest and survival rates is to help improve the lack of reporting and tracking around the phenomena in order to inform future research.

Are you thinking about CPR training? We hope so. Cardio Partners is a nationwide training center offering traditional classroom courses through the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. Schedule CPR training by emailing customerservice@cardiopartners.com or by learning more here.

 Source: http://www.cpr.heart.org/AHAECC/CPRAndECC/General/UCM_477263_Cardiac-Arrest-Statistics.jsp

Tom Metcalf Promoted to President, Acute and Brian LaDuke Joins Sarnova as President, Emergency Preparedness

DUBLIN, Ohio – Sarnova Inc., parent company to four fast-growing business units: Bound Tree Medical, Cardio Partners, Emergency Medical Products and Tri-anim Health Services, announced today the creation of two major leadership roles at the company.

 

Tom Metcalf has been promoted to the new position of President, Acute, from his previous role as Senior Vice President of Acute & EMS Sales. Tom will be responsible for managing the leaders of Tri-anim Health Services’ sales, health systems, sales operations and product management teams and will assume full P&L responsibility for Sarnova’s Acute business. Throughout his six-year tenure at Sarnova, Tom has assumed larger responsibilities and transformed the company’s sales teams. Prior to joining Sarnova, Tom held sales leadership positions with GE Healthcare, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson and other noted companies in the medical device space.

 

Brian LaDuke joins Sarnova as President, Emergency Preparedness. In this newly created position, Brian will oversee the sales and product management teams and have full P&L responsibility for Bound Tree Medical, Cardio Partners and Emergency Medical Products. Prior to joining Sarnova, Brian served as a Vice President responsible for multiple divisions at Invacare Corporation with oversight of sales, marketing and operations. Through his leadership, he helped grow Invacare into a leading global provider of home and long-term care medical products.

 

“These organizational changes come as a direct result of the success we are experiencing as a company,” said Jeff Prestel, CEO. “The new organization structure is a natural next step in our journey to become the best company in specialty medical sales and distribution.”

 

About Sarnova:

Sarnova is the leading national specialty distributor of healthcare products in the emergency medical services (EMS) and acute care markets. The company is comprised of four major business units:  Bound Tree Medical, Cardio Partners, Emergency Medical Products and Tri-anim Health Services. Sarnova is a company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry. For more information, visit www.sarnova.com.

 

Media Contact:

Beth Scott, Director of Marketing Communications

(614) 760-5000

beth.scott@sarnova.com