Imagine you're out with a friend grabbing a bite to eat and they suddenly collapse without any warning. What would you do? What about if you were laying down with your newborn and realize they've stopped breathing (unresponsive). Then what? Most of us would say Call 911 and scream for help. This is great but If the heart stops for any reason, blood is no longer getting to the brain, heart, and organs (which can lead to death within minutes).
Cardiac Arrest is when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating normally. It happens once every 13 seconds in Canada. That's 40,000 times a year. According to the Heart & Stroke foundation, fewer than half of cardiac arrest victims get CPR prior to the arrival of paramedics and first responders. Which is awful because CPR can determine whether an unresponsive person survives or not.
Before last week I didn't realize how important it is for me to be able to perform CPR. To be honest I signed up to get 2 days away from my office. After taking the Standard First Aid CPR and AED Level C training, I think everyone should. You never know when it might come in handy. Surprisingly my course wasn't a snooze fest #PraiseGod. My class instructor was energetic and had us doing a number of hands-on exercises for almost any emergency scenario. Along with CPR we also covered the following topics:
- Emergency Scene Management
- Shock, Fainting, and Unconsciousness
- Bleeding and Wounds
- Asthma and Allergies
- Head, Spinal and Pelvic Injuries
- Diabetic Emergencies
- Respiratory and Cardiovascular Emergencies
- Adult/Child/Infant CPR and Choking
- Secondary Survey
- Bone, Joint and Muscle injury
- Eye Injuries
- Chest injuries
- Environmental Illness & Injuries
- Lifts and Carries
- Multiple Casualty Management
If there's anything you ever take away from reading any of my posts, take away this! Go and take the Standard CPR+ AED training. Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone of any age and fitness level at any time. For information on learning CPR, check out the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Also inquire with your supervisor at work, as a lot of organizations will pay for their staff to take Standard First Aid CPR and AED Level C.
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