Category Archives: Cardiac Arrest

Opioid Overdoses and Cardiac Arrest

EMS responders play a critical role in the treatment and, potentially, the prevention of the opioid epidemic we face today. Due to the staggering amount of deaths to opioid overdoses, it has been deemed a public health crisis. Opioids are responsible for decreasing the sensation of pain for the user by stimulating certain receptors in the brain. The lack of any perceived pain induces a feeling of euphoria- the feeling chased by opioid abusers.

The umbrella of opioids include heroin and several prescription painkillers such as methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and fentanyl. During an opioid overdose, the patient experiences difficulty breathing and often respiratory arrest. Unfortunately, following respiratory arrest, a common secondary outcome of an opioid overdose occurs: cardiac arrest.

EMS responders often use naloxone which reverses the effects of opioid overdose, making it possible for the patient to breathe again. This drug is time sensitive and administering it can be a risky decision. Naloxone can prompt narcotic withdrawal symptoms and if it is administered too aggressively, the patient may have violent reactions. Since cardiac arrest frequently follows respiratory arrest, it is important to check the patient’s pulse and have an AED nearby in case the patient needs to be resuscitated. It is important to abide by the local rules if you have to administer naloxone to a patient in cardiac arrest.

With the help of properly and safely administered naloxone and timely use of an AED, many lives can and will be saved. EMS responders play a vital role in helping to decrease opioid overdoses every day. With the proper rehabilitation and education opportunities, this public health crisis may, one day, be less prevalent.

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Back-to-School AED: Zoll AED Plus (Recertified)

Safety is key in schools and ensuring it remains that way shouldn’t be expensive. We know having an automatic external defibrillator (AED) can make all the difference, so we strive to make it affordable and reliable by running every recertified AED through an extremely thorough 11-point inspection process to guarantee it’s rescue ready.

If you’re looking to add a lifesaving device to your premises, the refurbished Zoll AED Plus will fulfill your safety and money-saving needs. Bright green in color, this device is meant to grab the attention of potential rescuers. Should a child or faculty member suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, the device will use voice prompts to walk anyone — trained or not trained— through the rescue process.

In addition to its step-by-step visual and audio cues, the Zoll AED Plus will guide a rescuer through CPR, ensuring correct chest compression depth (2 inches) and rate (100 reps/minute). This device also includes a one-piece electrode to be placed in the center of the victim’s chest, preventing any confusion for the rescuer.

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Back-to-School Package: HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P

Somehow summer is already nearing an end and school is just around the corner again! As parents scramble to get back-to-school supplies, teachers and faculty members prepare for the hundreds of kids who will walk through their doors. For many, preparation means ensuring a child’s safety in every way.

Each year, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) strikes in nearly 7 million people worldwide. Among the millions, SCA claims the lives of more than 2,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. alone. To combat this statistic, an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) must be nearby in case of an emergency.

The semi-automatic HeartSine samaritan PAD 350P is a lightweight (2.4 lbs), portable AED ready to give a lifesaving shock. Using voice prompts, the HeartSine samaritan PAD can guide any rescuer through the resuscitation process. It will also walk a user through CPR. By analyzing the heart’s rhythm, the HeartSine samaritan PAD delivers an automatic shock without the need of someone pushing a “shock” button.

This easy-to-use, easy-to-own device also includes a built-in Pediatric-Pak, which will deliver the right amount of energy to children between ages 1-8 years old or up to 55 lbs.

Order the HeartSine 350P School Package today to get $200 off with the promo code SCHOOLPACK. The package includes one year of RescueTrac AED Program Management, Alarmed AED Wall Cabinet, Samaritan PAD Carrying Case, Adult Pad Pack, Pediatric Pad Pak, Rescue Ready Kit, Physician’s Prescription, AED Wall Sign and AED Window Decal.

Know the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest

Though heart attack and cardiac arrest may sound similar, these medical emergencies could not be more different. A person suffering from a heart attack has a blocked artery preventing the blood flow to the heart, while a cardiac arrest is a result of an electrical disturbance in heart. This malfunction causes an irregular heartbeat, which prevents blood from pumping to the brain, lungs and other organs.

Recognize the symptoms

The symptoms of a cardiac arrest and heart attack are drastically different. In moments, a person can go into cardiac arrest. Usually, a victim will become unresponsive and stop breathing unexpectedly or start gasping for air. Whereas for a heart attack, symptoms can be immediate, but also have the potential to start out slowly, lasting for hours, days or even weeks prior to a heart attack. Major symptoms include shortness of breath, cold sweats, nausea, and vomiting. It could also cause a strong discomfort in the chest as well as other parts of the upper body. Women may experience different symptoms than men such as back or jaw pain. 

How to respond to both 

Call 9-1-1. If a person believes he or she is having a heart attack or cardiac arrest, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. Regardless of whether or not you know the type of emergency, it’s important to get help on the way as soon as possible. The sooner emergency medical services arrive, the faster they can start treatment. Remember, every second counts! For some victims, a cardiac arrest or heart attack can be reversible if treated in time.

Take action. Is it a cardiac arrest? Start preforming CPR right away. Should an automated external defibrillator (AED) be available, quickly use it to help the victim. If possible, have a second person call the emergency number while responding to the person in need of treatment.

 

 

What you need to know about out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

More than 1,000 people will suffer a non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) every day, says a 2014 report by the American Heart Association. Among those who experience OHCA, the overall survival rate is approximately 10 percent. For younger victims, the survival rate decreases to about 5 percent.

For some, odds can increase with automated external defibrillation. According to the report, 23 percent of EMS-treated OHCA cases have initial rhythm of ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia. This means treatment with an AED could improve chances of survival.

Learn more about OHCAs below:

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in adults

  • Approximately 424,000 people experience a non-traumatic OHCA every year
  • Of those victims, 60 percent are treated by EMS
  • Having a family history of cardiac arrest or prior heart disease is a major risk factor for cardiac arrest
  • There’s a higher percentage (10.2 percent) of survival among those who received chest compressions alone rather than chest compressions and rescue breathing (8.5 percent)

Out of hospital cardiac arrest in youth

  • Nearly 9,500 children under the age of 18 suffer a non-traumatic OHCA
  • Following an EMS-treated non-traumatic OHCA, only about an estimated 5.4 percent of youth survive to hospital discharge
  • Almost 7,000 fatalities occur in children each year due to OHCA

 

Featured Product of the Month: ZOLL AED Plus Business Package

 

Nearly 10,000 people suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest in the workplace, but studies show immediate defibrillation can improve survival odds by 60% within the first year. Protect employees from the unthinkable with the ZOLL AED Plus Business Package.

By implementing a ZOLL AED Plus at your business, you can put your mind at ease knowing its one of the most popular brands among hospitals. Not only is it a reliable technology for all skill levels, but the ZOLL AED Plus is also one of the only automated external defibrillators to offer guidance during CPR. With the Real CPR Help feature, audio and on-screen prompts will help walk rescuers through performing chest compressions — detailing the depth and rate to ensure safety.

Whether you’re CPR/AED/first aid trained or not, the ZOLL AED Plus is fully automatic and designed for all rescuers. This package includes, RescueTrac AED Management, Alarmed AED Wall Cabinet, ZOLL Soft Carrying Case, ZOLL 123 Lithium Batteries, ZOLL CPR-D Padz, Rescue Ready Kit, Physician’s Prescription, AED Wall Sign and AED Window Decal.

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Why CPR and AEDs?

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.

If a person you love suddenly collapses and is no longer breathing, they are in Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). In a panic, you may think the only thing you can do is wait for EMS to arrive, but every moment of time is critical in this dire situation. YOU can be a rescuer.

For every 60 seconds that pass, chances of surviving drops by 10% without CPR or defibrillation. After just 4 minutes, brain damage begins to occur. After 10 minutes, it is unlikely they can be saved. EMS response times are often 12-14 minutes in metro areas and even longer in rural areas. Unfortunately waiting for professionals to arrive is far too late in most cases. Providing CPR as a bystander can double or even triple chances of survival.

Be prepared to save a life.

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