February is American Heart Month, and we will hear all month about heart-healthy habits, diets, and lifestyle. But the focus of this article is to highlight how you, as a bystander, can save a life, easily, and without risk.
Some facts first:
So how can a bystander save a life, easily, without risk – what’s new?
HANDS ONLY CPR – research has shown that the pumping effect of chest compressions can circulate whatever oxygen is in the system effectively, even without rescue breathing. So anyone can learn Hands Only CPR in less than a minute.
Don’t be afraid – your actions can only help, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT TRAINED TO PERFORM CPR!
IF YOU SEEN AN UNRESPONSIVE TEEN OR ADULT WHO IS NOT BREATHING OR NOT BREATHING NORMALLY:
If an infant or child is found unresponsive, gasping or not breathing, the delivery of oxygen with rescue breathing is much more critical, as typically respiratory issues are behind the collapse.
You can prepare yourself to act in an emergency by simply viewing the Hands-Only CPR instructional video here!
PULSE POINT APP
An amazing app has been developed by ex-firefighter Richard Price, to help improve response times for cardiac arrests in the field. He was next door to a shop where a person had a cardiac arrest, EMS was called but delayed, and he was frustrated that, if he had known of the event, he could have responded immediately and possibly changed the outcome.
He and the PulsePoint Foundation developed an app that is tied into your local fire department 911 system. If you are CPR certified, a medical professional or first responder, and have the app operational, you are informed if someone needs CPR within 1000 feet of your location.
The app also tells you if there is an AED en route so that, not only can you initiate CPR before EMS arrives, but you can also use the AED in a timely fashion until help arrives.
If you are NOT CPR trained, a screen on the app shows you how to perform hands-only CPR with an AUDIO feature that counts the beats at 100/minute. The app also shows you how easy it is to use an AED. All AEDS can be operated in the field by anyone – as the technology and design of all of them is user friendly.
Lastly, whenever you see an AED in the community, you can snap its photo, download it into pulsepoint, and its location will be added to the database. Imagine what you can accomplish by just taking a walk and identifying more lifesaving tools!
So by taking one minute to learn hands-only CPR, and another to download the PulsePoint app, you can potentially save a life by becoming a Citizen Superhero.
American Heart Association:
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