All posts by Ashley Fidler

Don’t Press Your Luck by Waiting – Be A Lifesaver!

Give CPR and Use an AED
You witness a co-worker suddenly collapse and they are unresponsive.
What is your course of action?
Most people believe that the best thing you can do is call 911 and wait for medical professionals to arrive. Unfortunately, victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) have a less than 10% chance of survival on average in the United States.

The first step in any emergency situation is always to call 911, but to give your co-worker, friend, or loved one the best chance of survival—you should immediately begin CPR and use an AED.

As each minute passes, the SCA victim is 10% less likely to survive without CPR or defibrillation with an AED. Average EMS response time in many metro areas is 7-12 minutes, with rural areas taking much longer. Simply put, waiting for EMS to arrive can be detrimental to the victim.

The heart’s dangerous rhythm during cardiac arrest can only be reversed with defibrillation. Using an AED, a lifesaving tool designed for ANYONE to operate, provides defibrillation therapy. AEDs will analyze the patient and ONLY provide a shock if the person needs one. You CANNOT accidentally shock a person using an AED.

 

Already have AEDs available in your organization or workplace?

Remember, don’t press your luck by ignoring the AED. Implement an AED Management Program so your team is always rescue ready!

• Assign someone to be in charge of maintaining your AED(s)

• Train designated responders at your facility who can confidently respond with highly-effective CPR and quick use of the AED

• Place AEDs in accessible locations with the ability to retrieve an AED and return to patient within 90 seconds

• Make sure the battery and electrode pads are checked regularly (Battery failure is the #1 cause of AEDs not working properly during a rescue)

• Replace expired pads or dead batteries promptly


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Surviving Cardiac Arrest Depends On Where You Are

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Earlier this year, Diane Robinson, a minister on staff at St. James United Church reflected on how valuable the AED at her church was last Christmas Eve when it saved her own life during cardiac arrest. Robinson said the AED had been installed two months prior to the device being deployed for the first time, on her. A church coworker, Rev. Laura Sundberg, was able to apply the AED and perform CPR with a 911 operator’s assistance. Nearly 8.5 minutes later, the paramedics arrived to take over with advanced care. Continue reading Surviving Cardiac Arrest Depends On Where You Are

Immediately performing CPR is crucial. This is why.

Why CPR is Crucial Blog

You watch CPR being performed on TV shows, we hear about a police officer saving an individual with CPR on the news and now many U.S. states are requiring CPR to be taught to high school students.

While many people say they have been trained in CPR at some point in their life, most do not understand what CPR is actually doing and just how important performing high-quality chest compressions and providing rescue breaths really is.

Continue reading Immediately performing CPR is crucial. This is why.

Do Your Kids Go Swimming?

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Summer is a season filled with sunshine, barbecues, and recreational swimming! Whether in a pool at home, at a friend’s, at the lake or the ocean, many kids and adults choose swimming as a top recreational activity each summer.

Water safety is top priority for many parents for good reason. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1-4. Though prevention is key, knowing how to perform CPR could save your child, like in this recent story of a mother saving her 7-year-old son with CPR after nearly drowning. Continue reading Do Your Kids Go Swimming?

AEDs and Defibrillation

Quick use of an AED and CPR can increase chances of survival by 60%.
Quick use of an AED and CPR can increase chances of survival from cardiac arrest by 60%.

Defibrillation is the only therapy for dangerous heart arrhythmias which cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). While EMS professionals carry complex manual defibrillators, AEDs (automated external defibrillators) are compact, easy to operate medical devices designed for use by untrained individuals as well as professionals. Without training and AED education however, many Americans are reluctant to step-in and use this life-saving device for various reasons. The most important fact we would like to point out is that an AED will NOT shock a person who does not need defibrillation. Learn some common myths about AEDs hereContinue reading AEDs and Defibrillation

CPR — A Real Life Saver!

CPR - A Real Life Saver!

Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the 2nd link in the Cardiac Chain of Survival. By performing chest compressions and providing rescue breaths, CPR helps to preserve brain function when a person is unconscious and not breathing.

CPR could be necessary in situations such as:
– Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)
– Drowning
– Unconscious Choking
– Drug Overdose
– Heart-related medical conditions Continue reading CPR — A Real Life Saver!