November is CPR Month
A sudden cardiac arrest is a medical emergency that can happen to anyone, at any time, no matter a person’s level of fitness or health. It occurs when heart function ceases abruptly, causing the heart to no longer be able to pump blood to the rest of the body. Nearly 80 per cent of sudden cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital setting, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Quick bystander CPR is extremely important and can mean the difference between life or death for a friend, family member or a stranger.
In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, the only effective treatment is CPR paired with an electric shock from an AED, improving chance of survival by upwards of 75 per cent. An AED is a portable, easy to use device that delivers a shock through the chest wall of a person whose heart has stopped beating effectively. As this shock is the only method of getting the heart to function normally again, the use of an AED is a vital step in saving the life of someone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, if defibrillated with an AED within the first minute of collapse, the chance of survival is nearly 90 per cent. Each minute more, the chance falls seven to 10 per cent.
Do you know what to do if you encounter someone suffering a heart attack?
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If you are untrained or unsure of your skills – don’t give up. Give compression only CPR – pushing hard and fast at least 100 times a minute.
This information is no substitute for thorough knowledge of First Aid or CPR!