Simple Yet Dependable

September 11, 2015Comments Off on Simple Yet Dependable

A simple CPR can change the life of a person. But what actually happens during the performance of a CPR? Studies show that a person has seven minutes left of brain activity before their inevitable death, in this seven minutes, their lives are being shown to them in a form of dream. During CPR, one could ask then what is currently happening in the mind of the victim, would it be possible for them to be also experiencing the dream about their lives? This we cannot know for there is no string evidence about the dream state for the dying person. One thing is for certain though, many people that has gone through cardiac arrest and such, can very well may be dead now if it wasn’t for the quick response and the effectiveness of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation done by the respondents.

During emergencies, many individuals would be overwhelmed by the current situation thus making them unable to respond well and save the life of the victim. Those who were able to respond quickly and efficiently can save the lives of the victim however and there has been many stories about the successful respondents and the victims owing their lives to the heroics of the respondents. The stories differ from each other and there are even heart-warming ones where the person saved was the one the respondent will spend the rest of their lives with. Stories such as these are very rare but at the same time, very romantic. Just thinking about it is quite romantic, being the one to save the life of your love one is quite the feat and also a very proud moment for the respondent.

One story is the story of two lovers that fell from the waterfall and miraculously survive thanks to the heroics of the man who is an excellent swimmer and also very good at conducting the said lifesaving technique. Not only did he saved the life of his love one, he also gave her, her first kiss. Though many would like to learn this technique solely for the reason that they might be able to kiss the victim in their lips and nothing else, it is still useful for one to at least knew the basics if this very useful technique that can be used in emergency situations and save the life of their love ones and even respond to the need of a stranger.

The satisfaction felt after saving one’s life is quite something. Only a few knew about this and it is without a doubt that they have felt very good about themselves with this achievement that they were able to accomplish with the help of a very simple technique such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation. They have felt good about themselves and happy for the family and love ones of the ones they were able to save. It is due to the fact that, they know in their hearts that after their heroic efforts, a family will be able to spend their day happy and it is all thanks to them.

The Boy’s Hero

September 9, 2015Comments Off on The Boy’s Hero

A little boy doesn’t know his name but he guesses that he might be about high school in his age. He witnessed him in action as the young man saved a little boy from drowning with the use of CPR. He wanted to let the young man know how proud he is for his efforts.

The little boy knows that it is the job of the young man but it also his worst fear for the reason that no one can ever have enough CPR training to prepare the respondent for what the moment would actually feel like.

The little boy saw the entire episode play out as it was is slow motion. He could see the body of the drowned kid limp as the lifeguard carried him out of the water and laying him into the shore. At that point, he remembered, that he hasn’t even seen what was happening during that faithful day.

The lifeguard started to do compressions on the little boy’s chest when he knew that the situation has become bad, doing CPR to try to save the life of the drowned kid while others dialled 911. When the adults started to reach him and asked if he needed help, the lifeguard looked at them in the eye and said yes! For that, the respect of the boy only grew bigger for the lifeguard, he gave him a huge kudos.

The lifeguard may have been frightened and felt out of your league in the situation, but he was willing to accept help from those who could give it. He was a brave soul with the courage to accept that he cannot do it alone and accept the other people’s help in order to save the life of the drowned kid.

Moments later, help has arrived and the area was cleared to give space for the professionals to do their job properly. The lifeguard was with them, ready to provide assistance when needed. He appears to be shaken as anyone would be for in that moment, the lifeguard was the one responsible for the life of the drowned little kid.

The boy is very much proud of the heroics the lifeguard did during that day. Had he been a few seconds later, the story would have ended quite differently, something that is not very good. The lifeguard is very respondent, alert, and aware of what was going on in the water, responsible of watching over the lives of many people swimming in the beach guessing at about a hundred kids and adults in there. It might have been the very first rescue of the lifeguard but it did not matter for what he did was very heroic and for that, the boy that saw the entire episode was very much in awe and applauded him afar.

The little boy believed that some lifeguard follow certain protocols in situations just like this but because of the quick response and action of the lifeguard, a little boy and his family are together and happy today.

How to Save A Life or Two

September 7, 2015Comments Off on How to Save A Life or Two

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known as the (CPR), is a very important and useful lifesaving technique that every lifeguard should learn and master. The reason behind this is that it is the fastest and most efficient way of saving a drowned person be it in the beach, swimming pool, or in any body of water that any person may be likely found on. CPR is the most basic technique in every first aid and emergency protocol for the lifeguard and it is very easy to learn, even an amateur swimmer can learn the basics and perform this lifesaving technique to save another life.

By pumping the chest of drowned person and doing mouth to mouth resuscitations, a person is already doing what can be called as a CPR. It is a very useful and wonderful technique. Just the thought of being able to save and prolong the life of a drowned person using this very simple technique is quite an amazing feat for anyone performing the said technique. One does not need to be a very good swimmer to be able to save the life of a drowning or a drowned person. The basics of this amazing technique is enough to make a difference.

Learning this amazing technique is very useful also for the family. At least one member of the family should be able to learn this in case of emergencies during family vacations on the beach, lakes, and even in the pools. One does not need to be very good to be able to save the life of a drowning person. With the basics of this amazing technique, the person performing this incredible technique will be able to save a life.

Saving the life of a drowning person is very easy if one knows the basics of this technique. It is as easy as one, two, and three. One, which is to be in position ready to perform the said technique. Two, perform the pumping of the chest and the giving of oxygen to the drowned victim. And three, to continue on doing step two until the victim is revived. After a while, the drowned victim will be revived and okay. The steps is saving the life of a drowned or drowning person with the use of this very useful technique is very good and very easy. It is amazing how this very basic and simple technique can save the life of another one.

Everyone should learn how to use this technique. Not only because it can save a life, it is also because, this technique can also bring the person and introduce him/her to other persons in their lives. They will be able meet new persons in their lives with the use of this technique and can even meet new friends in life. Not only will they be able to save a life with this amazing technique, their lives can also change for they will be able to meet new friends and, in turn, their lives will also change.

Is it Helpful to have AED Management Knowledge?

August 27, 2015Comments Off on Is it Helpful to have AED Management Knowledge?

When you are faced with life and death situation, would it be helpful if you have some knowledge about AED management especially in the workplace?

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and its management means you know how to operate one in times of need or emergencies.

We all know how devastating it is to watch someone we know die of sudden cardiac arrest and we all know that this can occur without some sort of warning at all. However, it is more devastating to know that we could have prevented it from happening if: one, we are trained with CPR or we have access to AEDs and yet we don’t know how to manage it. Unfortunately, AED management is not something we talk on ordinary days – in fact only a few talks about it at all.

Some Facts

Sudden cardiac arrest – regardless of age – can be prevented if bystanders like you are:

  • In the right frame of mind to call the local emergency hotline without any delay and be able to relay the information well so that the response team would have a slightest idea on what to expect on scene without panicking.
  • Knowledgeable on doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and performing it without any hesitation on the patient.
  • Skilled on operating or managing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

These are by no means any joke – and it is not just like what you can watch in the TVs. In fact, it is not as fancy and as grandiose as those that you see on TV. Sometimes, when you are faced with the life and death situation your body seemed like in a trance or on autopilot.

However, this could have some drawbacks because sometimes even when you’re on autopilot – you are frozen as if your mind cannot take all that is happening around it. With a simple knowledge on AED management, you can actually save a lot of life and prevent the devastating effect of losing someone over a preventable cardiac arrest.

AEDs are those portable medical devices that are especially created to recognize and treat any potentially fatal dysfunctions in heart rhythm during the event of cardiac arrest. Just like what you see in TV shows or movies or in hospitals, these devices deliver electrical shock – which is termed as defibrillation – that can give your heart a kick start of functioning again and establish its normal heart beat, rate and rhythm.

Why are AEDs Necessary?

Basically, early defibrillation – just like CPR – is one of the critical steps when dealing with emergencies because it restores normal rhythm and rate of the heartbeat. This means that when the restoration is successful, the body can deliver the much needed oxygen to areas where it is needed. Also, a minute of delay would mean reducing the chance of the patient’s survival by 10%, which is a significant number considering the current trend.

Therefore, if you want to save lives or you live in workplaces where you can gain access to AEDs – it would be better if you obtain knowledge on how to operate it so as not to waste the usefulness of the device.

Achieving Confidence by doing CPR Training

August 25, 2015Comments Off on Achieving Confidence by doing CPR Training

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, popularly known as CPR, is a technique used to save lives not only by paramedics and medical professionals but also by people who have received CPR training. This is done in cases such as heart attacks or near drowning situations wherein the technique may prove extremely useful especially when the person’s breathing or heartbeat has already ceased.

It is therefore recommended that the general population – even bystanders – should be aware of this technique and get CPR training in order to enhance survival of patients who are minutes away from the hospital and need immediate resuscitation prior to the arrival of paramedics on site.

In the light of emergency events, it is better that you do something instead of nothing just because you’re afraid that your knowledge and skills are not adequate and complete. However, there is a big difference between “trying” to save someone’s life than looking and not doing anything at all. The “something” that you do may be the only thing that will save this person’s life. Isn’t it amazing to know that you were able to save someone despite not being confident of your resuscitating skills?

Now, if this is what motivates you, how about getting yourself a formal CPR training?

Here’s some basic information about CPR that you might be interested in knowing before you actually go on formal training:

  • If you are an untrained person, the best approach would be hands-only CPR, which means you do continuous chest compressions that will go at about 100 per minute until the formally trained personnel arrive on scene. There is no need to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or “rescue breathing” in this scenario.
  • If you have undergone training before and are confident that you can do the technique extremely well, you can start by doing chest compression instead of doing the SOP airway checking and do rescue breathing. Your chest compressions must go at about 30 compressions before you check the airway or do rescue breathing.
  • If you have undergone training but is unsure if you still remembered the correct process, you can start immediately with 100 chest compressions per minute similar to when you are untrained.

You have to know, however, that the above advice must not be done to newborns since they have specialized technique of resuscitation meant only for them.

These are just basic information regarding CPR that you can expect on getting in detail during formal training. There are a lot of agencies or organizations that will help you understand the basics and will allow you to do hands-on training on dummy so that you will know whether what you learned is right.

These organizations or agencies will have training personnel who will assist you every step of the way from the very beginning of the workshop until you achieve confidence in your skills. These training personnel will help you understand the importance of CPR and why it can save life. So, if you have the strong sense of duty towards other people and those that matter to you, have yourself trained with CPR and save lives.

The Power in Your Hands

August 21, 2015Comments Off on The Power in Your Hands

An Automatic External Defibrillator or AED is an intricate device made simpler for people to use on those who may be experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. A bystander can use one because it has step-by-step instructions on how to use the machine.

But one should not use an AED right away. The person administering it should check the pulse and breathing of the person. Calling for emergency personnel like 9-1-1 is the safest choice if both the pulse and breathing of the person is irregular or absent.

The golden rule: do not panic

If there are no available AEDs, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is a must. Maybe the victim is just unconscious so it’s best to play safe until you are sure of what really happened. If the victim does not wake up to CPR, wait for 9-1-1 and prepare to use the AED.

AED use is simple because there are instructions on the machine. There is usually a voice prompt that guides you on what to do. The brand does not matter because there are already instructions. But if the one who would apply the AED has a preferred brand, it would be better because the person already has some background information on what to do and setting up the machine.

Just like normal defibrillators found in hospitals, an AED uses a pack of electrodes to “jumpstart” the heart of the victim. The person’s chest has to be revealed and each pad of the AED placed properly: one above the right nipple and the other on the left of the ribcage, just shy below the left nipple.

The machine would correct you if there is a mistake and tell you to repeat the setup again. Common mistakes would be not connecting the two electrodes properly and using the machine when someone has medical devices in them like a pacemaker or cardioverter defibrillator.

Although a no-brainer, you should remove metallic objects from the person’s body. They can and will conduct electricity if worn while being defibrillated. Burns can result from it and it would be a painful thing to bear, especially for the one being revived.

Once everything is set to go, advise those around you to get back and not be in contact with the victim. Electrical charge can travel from person-to-person and it can be very high. You might even tend to two individuals should the charge bounce.

An AED has two interesting buttons: Analyze and Shock. Both are self-explanatory and really helpful in making the machine more uncomplicated than normal defibrillators carried by medical personnel.

What one can do is alternating CPR with AED use. When AED does not work, perform CPR, and vice versa. The power is literally in your hands and on the victim so don’t rush it: just be careful of the things you would do and think things over four times.

And if you fail, call 9-1-1 for help. At least you did your job to help another person see the light of the day.

The Machine Manager

August 19, 2015Comments Off on The Machine Manager

An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is a technological medical marvel that jumpstarts the heart of the bearer using ample amounts of electricity. Unlike conventional defibs, an AED is much easier to manipulate in high-stress situations, but still require a trained and licensed individual to operate it.

This company has the best program for AED Management, one that could tackle all existing machines in an area easily using an electronic device’s Internet browser. Very easy to perform, install, and do a lot of scans with them, monitor active machines, that kind of stuff.

As an employer, a building owner, you should care for the people around you. Be ready for anything unusual because you may never know when there is a need for resuscitation. What if one of your employees goes down due to heart attack or cardiac arrest, what could you do?

Aside from having the best program for managing the AED of this city, it also boasts the capabilities of the experts. Ask them anything related to AED Management and you will be surprised to notice that they add their personal experiences to their answers, showing just how diverse and versatile they can be.

AED Management will let you see if there are updates, both hardware and software, for the machines. This is to ensure that all your machines are working fine and can do accurate scans. The program will flicker and tell you what’s up with your devices, if any.

Most AEDs found in offices are mounted on walls, anywhere that is accessible. They can only be used by licensed AED practitioners. But what if there are none nearby and someone needs to be revived? Who to call?

Training on how to use AEDs can be in the works. CPR can also be taught as backup skills in case the machines do not work. It is your responsibility to check the machines from time to time because it’s a matter of life and death.

There are different brands of AEDs, one better than the other. They are all good and reputable as defibrillators. It’s not the brand that matters: it is how you use one to its full potential that does. They are all basically the same, except for the parts and certain warranties, so your AED users would not have difficult time operating one.

The best thing about having an AED program is its tracking device on each machine. You will know where a certain AED is, its status, and readiness to be used. It is like reading someone’s name on a guest list and finding their names, whether they were invited or just scribbled out by the person responsible for creating the list.

Once registered with the company’s AED program, they can offer seminars and teaching to better the potential of each AED user. Only licensed practitioners can take a crack at it because an AED is sophisticated and prone to disrepair if used incorrectly.

With AED program, the most complicated things can become simpler.

How to Save A Life

August 17, 2015Comments Off on How to Save A Life

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR is a skill everyone should know. In fact, it should be taught in school and not just when you are a member of the Red Cross. You never know when a life-threatening emergency would happen to someone you know – say near-drowning or heart attack – anything that stops a person from breathing or the heart from beating. That three-letter abbreviation can literally mean life and death. Make one mistake and you can end up sending the person you are trying to revive closer to Death’s gates. But if resuscitation is successful, he/she will be indebted to your talent.

You don’t need to spend a lot of time and resources just to know how to do CPR. It only takes a couple of lessons before an attendee applies the basics, how to conduct CPR, and the guidelines to an effective revival attempt.

The proper technique when it comes to performing CPR shall be tackled by highly skilled instructors with backgrounds in paramedics and search and rescue. They are trained individuals willing to lend a helping hand to those who wish to know how to conduct CPR effectively.

It increases the survival rate of the fallen to almost triple the chance of not reaching the morgue. It starts by assessing the situation. If you think you can handle the situation and not need the assistance of 911, push down two inches from the center of the chest 30 times. The technique to doing so is doing it as hard and rapid as possible.

After pushing down, lean the victims head upward and raise the chin. Lightly squeeze the nose and blow air into the person’s mouth until the chest rises like bread. Each blow should last a second. Give two after.

In certain situations wherein you have another person who knows how to conduct CPR, the two tasks can be split; one does the pumping while the other one does the blowing.

If things go south, call 911. They will be more than equipped to handle any situation and have the logistics to do so. But in most cases wherein CPR is needed, the victim usually comes out safe. Sometimes it is just a weak heart or a complication of some sort.

Although the skill is centuries-old, it is a skill not all people know. It is disheartening to know that such valuable skill could not be performed by many, especially with the current lifestyle of this generation – the everything-instant generation.

If you know how to conduct CPR and want others to follow suit, teach them your methods. Not only will they know how to perform an invaluable skill, they will also learn the importance of time and fluidity.

30 pumps and two breaths can seem almost a lifetime when resuscitating someone.

When all else fails, just continue doing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. If you think one set is not enough, do another. And another.

So be ready for what comes your way. Nevertheless it will be a life-changing decision.

Misconceptions about AED

August 13, 2015Comments Off on Misconceptions about AED

Automated external defibrillators are commonly used by emergency medical response team. This is used when a person’s heart has stopped beating. This is a portable machine that produces a shock that could help the heart function again. Ambulances and other emergency vehicles are equipped with AED. There are many misconceptions about automated external defibrillators.  These misconceptions could sometimes be the hindrance of saving a person’s life. These are the following hindrances that everyone should know and learn from:

Automated external defibrillators are complicated to use.

  • This is one of the biggest misconceptions about AED’s. AED’s are very easy to use, the instructions are not hard and these kinds of equipment can highly determine if a shock is needed by the person. This equipment can guide the user in using the equipment and placing the pads in the right spot. Saving the person’s life would be more successful if another person is giving chest compression while another is applying the pads. As long as both are doing the job correctly, the person’s life will be saved.

Automated external defibrillators are rendered useless after applying two minutes of CPR.

  • It is never late to use automated external defibrillators even after two minutes of CPR.  As long as the CPR given is correct, in counting and rhythm, AED’s are never useless. It is highly advisable that until the automated external defibrillators constant chest compression or CPR should be applied when the person has no pulse and not yet breathing.

The chest should/must be dry for the automated external defibrillators to work perfectly.

  • True, it should be dry. However, stating that it would not work if the chest is wet is completely false. The chest needs to be dry before applying the pads because giving a shock on wet surface would be quite harmful to the person. However, drying the chest should never be the cause of delay in case the AED is suggesting that a shock should be given.

AED’s should only be used by medical professionals or healthcare experts.

  • Completely wrong, you do not need to be a healthcare professional or a medical expert in order to use an automated external defibrillator. As long as you know how to listen and follow simple instructions then you can easily use an automated external defibrillator. Many of the healthcare experts who have used this equipment have stated that it is easy to use because it is straight forward making it easy to use by the general public.

Home AED’s cannot save a person’s life.

  • Statistics have shown that more than 75% of deaths have occurred at home.  So having an automated external defibrillator really makes sense.  Most people do not see the importance of an automated external defibrillator at home because they fear they might harm their love ones instead of giving them first aid. An AED unit can basically save a person’s life, it can practically help the person whose stopped breathing and has no pulse or a person who have just experienced cardiac arrest.

It’s A CPR Thing

August 11, 2015Comments Off on It’s A CPR Thing

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an emergency technique used to save the life of a person who went into heart attack or into drowning where heartbeat and breathing has stopped.  Through CPR, oxygen can flow back to a person’s brain and heart and to the rest of his vital organs.  The technique can revive a person for a while until such time where he reaches the hospital and a more advanced procedure is performed. AED is useful on the way to the hospital (if the ambulance is equipped with it) in case the person’s heartbeat stops once again.  

CPR is composed of two categories.  The basic ones involve a difference of its application of this technique between adults to infants and children or toddler.   This is basic and it does not require any medical related training. The other category of CPR technique requires medical training. This is for purposes of knowing the right drugs to use, the proper use of endotracheal intubation (EI) to be inserted into the trachea or windpipe and the use of AED or electric shocking device to the heart.  However, any person for this matter should best undergo life-saving activity training to be fully certified and qualified.  

If not properly trained in CPR, a hand-only technique can be applied by means of uninterrupted chest compressions counting for about 100/minute until rescue team arrives.  Reviving a person by chest compressions is applicable for children and infants but not for newborn.  A newborn is too fragile to be handled by an untrained person in CPR.  

If the person is trained but out of practice and lacks the confidence to perform the technique, uninterrupted chest compression of 100/minute counting is still effective while waiting for the paramedics or rescue team to arrive.  

With a trained person in CPR, confidence and ability must be the primary deciding factor in performing the emergency technique.  Start with 30 chest compressions before checking the air passage to establish the rescue breathing sequence or the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.  

Confirm if the person is conscious or unconscious.  If he fails to respond, call 911 immediately and begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation at once.  Start with chest compressions with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation interval.  Allow oxygenated blood to flow and circulate in his brain and heart to gain his consciousness while waiting for the rescue team.

Always remember the famous acronym CAB (compressions, airway and breathing) before starting the CPR.   This will help to remember the proper steps of performing the CPR. Compression helps in restoring the blood circulation to the vital organs of the unconscious person.  Observe for normal breathing within five to ten seconds.  Chest motion and breathing sounds is an indicator that the airway is clear.  Labored breathing or gasping is not normal and should be given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation quickly.  This is where rescue breathing is essential.  If the mouth is badly damaged, nose-to-nose breathing can be applied.  Give two rescue breaths with the first one for a second and watch if the chest responds.  Follow with the second breath and with thirty chest compressions in sequence with the two rescue breaths is one cycle measure. Continue the cycle until the rescue team takes over.

Remember, it is better to help somebody in distress than to leave because of your incapacity to respond accordingly.  

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