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What Does CPR Stand For?

2020-03-04T21:46:39+10:00

WHAT DOES CPR STAND FOR? Cardio = HEART Pulmonary = LUNGS Resuscitate = REVIVE Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation = Reviving the Heart and Lungs Cardio = HEART Your heart is a big, strong muscle that expands and contracts more than 60 times a minute without you even thinking about it. It is automatically driven by electrical impulses and runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no vacation time. That’s around 33 million beats a year! Your heart has a simple, but important job. It pumps oxygen-rich blood from the lungs out to the rest of your body. If your heart [...]

What Does CPR Stand For?2020-03-04T21:46:39+10:00

Using an AED

2020-03-04T21:46:39+10:00

As soon as a victim is encountered and it is determined that they are unresponsive, three things need to happen: Someone calls 000  if a phone is available Someone retrieves the AED if one is available Someone checks for breathing and circulation and begins CPR if needed That works fine if you have at least 3 people on the scene. If there are only 2 people, one calls 000 and gets the AED while the second begins CPR. If you are all alone, you should do them all in the order listed even if it means leaving the victim – call [...]

Using an AED2020-03-04T21:46:39+10:00

Importance of Rapid Response

2020-03-04T21:46:40+10:00

If a VF victim gets his heart pattern restored immediately following a sudden cardiac arrest, he has about a 2/3rds chance of recovery. Every minute that revival is delayed, the chances drop until there is little hope after 10 minutes. CPR is not a means to revival. CPR is a temporary bandaid to keep oxygen flowing to the brain until a way to revive the victim is ready. Not many years ago, that means of revival was only available in hospitals, operated by highly trained medical personnel. Manual external defibrillators are used to apply an electric shock to victims in an [...]

Importance of Rapid Response2020-03-04T21:46:40+10:00

Automated External Defibrillators and CPR Skills

2020-03-04T21:46:40+10:00

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)   are the latest, most important, advancement in sudden cardiac arrest response. They are amazing little gadgets that pretty much anyone can operate with little aed training and they are popping up all over the place, from schools to churches to health clubs to homes. Ventricular Fibrillation (VF)   is an electrical abnormality where the heart stops pumping because the electrical impulses in the heart are out of synch, causing it to quiver instead of beat. I like the analogy of this being like an hysterical person who is screaming and crying and beyond reason – a rude slap [...]

Automated External Defibrillators and CPR Skills2020-03-04T21:46:40+10:00

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