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What is the best way to treat SCA?

What is the best way to treat SCA?

What is the best way to treat SCA?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart stops beating and erratically quivers. The victim will become unconscious and collapse unexpectedly. Death can occur within minutes if treatment isn’t provided immediately. Knowing how to treat someone experiencing SCA can help you save someone’s life. The best way to treat someone in cardiac arrest it to follow three steps. First, call 9-11, then grab an AED and/or begin CPR, and lastly, apply the AED.

Call 9-1-1

When SCA occurs the chances of brain injury increases every minute. It is important to call 9-1-1 as soon as possible so you have an EMS professional nearby to assist in CPR, use the AED and transport the victim to the hospital. The average response time for an ambulance in the United States is eight minutes so while you wait an AED should be used and CPR should begin.

Grab an AED and/or Begin CPR

Depending on where the SCA victim is and how close you or another bystander are to an AED will depend on if you begin CPR or use the AED first. If SCA occurs in public such as at a healthcare facility, a school or business, an AED is likely nearby. In this case, a bystander should grab an AED while someone stays with the victim and begins CPR until the AED arrives.

If SCA occurs in a private setting such as at home or out in public where an AED is not likely to be found, CPR should be started immediately to give the victim the best chance at survival. To learn CPR, you can take an online or in-person CPR class.

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Apply the AED

Once an AED is found, apply the AED pads on the victim and follow the instructions until EMS arrive. According to the American Heart Association, 70 percent of Americans feel helpless to act in an emergency. If you have never used an AED before, most offer visual and/or audio cues to guide you step-by-step to shock the victim, if needed, and help you feel confident in doing so. AED resources and manuals can be found here.

How can I tell if someone is experiencing SCA?

How can I tell if someone is experiencing SCA?

How can I tell if someone is experiencing SCA?

The first step in knowing if someone is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is to know what it is and what to look for. Once you know the signs to look for it is important to be prepared for how to help through CPR or an AED to give the victim the best chance at survival.

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating and quivers. This stops blood from circulating to the brain causing the brain to lose oxygen and shut down. If someone is experiencing SCA they become unconscious and collapse unexpectedly. SCA can result from:

  • Cardiac causes
  • External causes
  • Other medical causes

SCA is the leading cause of death in the United States with more than 356,000 adults experiencing out-of-hospital SCA. SCA most often occurs in the home, a public setting or a nursing home. Response time is important when someone is experiencing SCA.

How to Help

The response time from SCA occurring to treatment determines the likelihood of the victims survival. Help should be provided within 10 minutes for the best opportunity of survival. Depending on where the SCA occurs, help can be provided through the following steps:

1. Call 9-1-1

2. Find a nearby AED (if possible):

 

3. Start CPR until an AED can be used by the bystander or EMS

Brain damage can occur within five minutes of breathing stopping so it is important to begin CPR or using an AED as soon as possible. According to the CDC, the chances of survival increase 2x-3x when CPR is administered during SCA. The average response time of an ambulance in the United States is eight minutes so it is imperative CPR is administered or an AED is used immediately.

If you are unsure how to perform CPR you can take an online or on-site CPR class to become certified. You will learn how to recognize and respond to emergencies with CPR as well as how to use an AED. Most AEDs come with verbal and audio cues to help you feel confident using it.

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Did you know CPR certification needs to be renewed?

Did you know CPR certification needs to be renewed?

Believe it or not, CPR certification needs to be renewed as it expires every two years. CPR recertification helps to refresh your memory and renew your skills prior to your certification expiring. The American Red Cross renewal and recertification classes take less time than the standard CPR classes and allows you to maintain your certification for an additional two years. Keeping your personnel up to date with the latest training techniques can be the difference between life and death when in an emergency situation.

The Renewal Process

When renewing your CPR certification, you can choose blended or traditional learning, depending on what your CPR certification requirements include. A blended recertification involves learning online then completing a hands-on training in-person. A traditional recertification involves finding an in-person class and completing the class and hands on-training, all in-person.

Why CPR Certification and Renewal is Important

Being CPR certified and staying up to date with your renewal is important because in just one year, 475,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest and 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital environment. Bystander CPR drastically improves a victims survival rate and if the bystander is CPR certified the survival rate increases even more. If CPR is performed immediately, it can double or triple the chance of survival.

Performing CPR is important because it keeps the blood flow active in the victim. CPR is critical in the six links of what the American Heart Association call the Chain of Survival:

  1. Recognition of cardiac arrest and calling 9-1-1
  2. Early CPR
  3. Rapid defibrillation
  4. Advanced resuscitation by EMS
  5. Post cardiac-arrest care
  6. Recovery

Renewing your certification every two years is essential but it is also important to take refresher courses each year. Additionally, the American Red Cross app helps to keep you up-to-date on your skills at the tap of a button. You can never have too much information when it comes to saving a life, so we encourage all individuals to become CPR certified and keep their certification active.

Why are you waiting to get CPR and AED training?

Why are you waiting to get CPR and AED training

Why are you waiting to get CPR and AED training?

Now’s the time for CPR and AED training.

Are you CPR and AED certified? If not, what are you waiting for? June 1-7 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. It’s that special time of the year when we shine a light on how lives can be saved if more Americans know how to perform CPR and how to effectively use an AED. Celebrate by getting your CPR and AED certifications.

 

Did you know about 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes? If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love. Be the difference for your parent, partner, or child (American Heart Association).

Getting Your CPR and First Aid Certification is Easier than You Think

Excuse #1: I don’t want to take a CPR and AED class while Covid-19 is still around.

We understand; however, with cardiac arrest on the rise during the Covid-19 crisis, getting your AED and CPR certifications is more important than ever before. 

 

To help keep our trainers and students safe, Cardio Partners has implemented additional safety measures for all of our AED and CPR classes. Safe distancing techniques are being practiced during all in-person training sessions and skills tests. Disinfection protocols are in place for all teaching equipment between sessions.

Excuse #2: I don’t have the time to take a CPR class!

Actually, yes, you do have the time. The blended learning option combines in-person skills practice with safe, online learning. The lessons are quick, clear, and easy to follow. With focus and attention, passing the exam is a breeze. 

Excuse #3: I could never perform CPR. It looks too hard!

CPR with rescue breathing is easy to learn, and anyone can perform it. Hands-only CPR offers a safe way for bystanders to give someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) a fighting chance. 

 

Skilled CPR and AED trainers break the process down and demonstrate the procedure step-by-step. They take the mystery out of the process and offer gentle feedback to ensure that you’re doing everything right. Then, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice on life-like CPR manikins that provide real-time performance feedback. 

Excuse #4: CPR training is too expensive.

Costs may vary from provider to provider, but AED and CPR classes are priced to encourage participation. Check out the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or your local YMCA for an affordable course near you. Or, to arrange CPR and AED certification classes for your workplace or organization, contact Cardio Partners

 

Many employers will cover the cost of training. If they’re unable to offer classes onsite, they may reimburse you. It can’t hurt to ask! 

 

The American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the National Safety Council worked together to designate a nationally recognized CPR and AED Awareness Week. On December 13, 2007, Congress unanimously passed a resolution to set aside June 1-7 each year as National CPR and AED Awareness Week. 

 

We’d like to join these advocates for heart health and safety by encouraging you to celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week in your community by getting AED and CPR certified.

 

Cardio Partners offers CPR, first aid, AED, and bloodborne pathogen training courses in all 50 states. We offer training in traditional classroom settings as well as blended learning courses. To learn more about our classes, call our team at 866-349-4362 or email Cardio Partners at customerservice@cardiopartners.com



DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

 

Will law enforcement administer CPR if they arrive before EMS?

Will law enforcement administer CPR if they arrive before EMS?

Will law enforcement administer CPR if they arrive before EMS?

For many medical or trauma-related emergencies like accidents, overdoses, shootings, and 911 emergency calls, law enforcement officers are first on the scene. But will they administer CPR before EMS arrive? The answer is a little complicated.

Because police officers are on roving, decentralized patrol around-the-clock they’re often able to respond to calls more quickly than firefighters or other EMTs. And, unlike firefighters or EMT teams, law enforcement officers can leave non-emergency to respond to more pressing situations.

Performing CPR and defibrillation with an AED within the first 3-5 minutes can dramatically increase survival odds, it makes sense for law enforcement officers to administer CPR and arrive on the scene with an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Each year, more than 350,000 Americans experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and only 41% receive bystander CPR. Equipping law enforcement vehicles with automated external defibrillators and ensuring that officers are trained in CPR and AED use allows lifesaving interventions to be delivered as quickly as possible. 

However, this isn’t always the case. The answer to “will law enforcement officers administer CPR if they arrive before EMS” is: it depends on the department’s policy.

Is it hard to train law enforcement officers to perform hands-only CPR?

Not at all! Hands-only CPR — also known as compression-only CPR — is easy to learn and highly effective.

“Despite being positioned to make an impact on emergency cardiac survival rates, law enforcement remains an under-utilized component of the chain of survival. Police officers trained to deliver high-quality cardiocerebral resuscitation [hands-only CPR] can not only be the difference between life and death but also determine good brain outcomes post-incident” (Police1.com).

Will equipped police vehicles with AEDs help improve cardiac arrest survival rates?

Absolutely. Cardiac arrest victims who received a shock from a publicly-available AED that was administered by a bystander (or, in this scenario, a police officer) had 2.62 times higher odds of survival to hospital discharge than those who did not receive a shock (EHS Today). 

“Law enforcement officers are often the first public service providers to arrive at the scene of an emergency. The research in support of AEDs, naloxone, and bleeding control methods supports the training of officers to provide immediate and life-saving care for patients experiencing cardiac arrest, overdose, and traumatic injury” (Boundtree.com).

You wouldn’t send your officers into the field without the training and equipment they need to respond to an active shooter call. If your department isn’t CPR/AED trained and your fleet isn’t equipped with a first responder AED package, now’s the time. 

Cardio Partners offers CPR/AED/first aid training courses in all 50 states. To learn more about our traditional or blended courses, call us at 866-349-4362 or email Cardio Partners at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.