be prepared to give hands-only CPR
The Disaster Committee arranged a Stroke/Cardiac Arrest CPR Refresher presented by the Seattle Fire Department at Arrowhead Gardens on February 5, 2018. The presentation included the signs for stroke. The following video is an excerpt of the CPR presentation.
Recognize. Many people don’t know the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack or fainting spell. A person in cardiac arrest doesn’t breathe, doesn’t have a pulse, and can’t respond to you. Someone having a heart attack usually is conscious and breathing, has a pulse, and can answer your questions.
Respond. Here’s what you should do if you witness someone go into cardiac arrest:
- Call 911 right away, or have someone else do it. That call means emergency medical responders are headed your way.
- Start hands-only chest compressions:
- Put one hand over the other, and place both on the person’s breastbone, in the middle of his or her chest.
- Press hard enough to make the chest move inward about two inches.
- Relax, and repeat. Do this about 100-120 times a minute. For the right tempo, think of the beat to the Bee Gees’ disco anthem “Stayin’ Alive.”
- Keep doing CPR until someone arrives with an AED — either a bystander who has obtained one from a nearby business or building, or a first responder.
Many organizations sponsor CPR and AED training programs. Two notable ones are the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. Some are in-person courses; others are online. Many local departments of public health also provide CPR training, including “friends and family” classes for people close to someone at risk of cardiac arrest.
The investment of time and effort to learn CPR is small. The potential payoff — saving a life — is huge.
Source: Harvard Medical School
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