CPR and AED: Full-Force in Saving Lives
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator are two lifesavers which are different in many ways. The former is a manual approach in an attempt to bring back the heartbeat of an individual who stopped breathing by applying force through chest pumps while the latter makes use of an electronic device in calculating the needed force and renders the shock to revive normal rhythmic heartbeat. However very different, the aim of the two is very similar and that is to save lives when an individual stops breathing due to a cardiac arrest or asthma attack.
According to medical and technological experts, since the AED is the more advanced method of bringing back the heartbeat, it must be utilized the moment that patient is attacked. However, if the sudden arrest does not respond to the shock given by the Automated External Defibrillator, CPR must be immediately provided to the patient to improve the survival.
Researchers have found out that instead of spending time analyzing why the AED would not start or looking for an available AED in the area, CPR through chest compressions and pumps should be the immediate call to action. This will improve the return of spontaneous circulation and one-year survival. Furthermore, they have come up with the conclusion that there is a 54% survival rate if a patient receives immediate chest pumps. This proves the better neurological outcomes compared to those patients who have received CPR with pauses for ventilation. Chest pumps are very powerful practices that can save lives immediately. In fact, the American Heart Association have passed a directive and a guidelines to medical practitioners as well as to civilians that in emergencies, chest pumps must be the first mode of first aid and not mouth-to-mouth resuscitation which is also an effective way to encourage bystanders to help.
Despite the great advancements in technology such as the Automated External Defibrillator, no one can deny the great power of urgency in providing CPR as first aid. The highly-advanced technological medical devices will be of no use if there will be no one to operate them or if there is no available CPR immediately.
For this concern, the American Heart Association together with the US government has come up with a campaign that’s hall target the two emergency problems faced today: the maintenance of a properly-working AED in every area and the availability and knowledge for conducting CPR. They have instigated the Citywide CPR, a company based in Chicago, IL to be the national training site and the official partner of AHA in providing training classes, seminars and licensing and certification to all AEDs in the entire country to guarantee that it is working properly and well maintained for the use of a patient anytime anywhere. Also, they will be conducting courses that shall educate and train medical professionals and civilians alike in order for them to have the knowledge and skills to conduct CPR.
Citywide CPR is at forefront and taking the lead together with AHA in offering all first aid measures such as BLS, CPR, ACLS, PALS, and OSHA Training and Certification and AED Training, Certification, and Servicing.