There are some simple steps of CPR and how family members, bystanders, can make the difference in survival and the AED Institute can help.
First here are some answers to common questions involving cardiac arrest according to the AED Institute of America, Hawaii.
Q: Who can have a cardiac arrest?
A: Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, and anytime. There are over 100 reasons someone can experience a cardiac arrest and most victims will appear previously healthy.Cardiac arrest happens to more than 15,000 children every year and very common in athletes
Q: Can I hurt someone in cardiac arrest?
A: NO! When someone unexpectedly collapses, has agonal breathing, or is not breathing normally, they are essentially dead or to be dead soon so you cannot make them worse. Most common place for a cardiac arrest is at home and more than 85% will not make it to the hospital with a pulse. By doing SOMETHING, you increase their chance of survival.
Q: What should I do if someone collapses ?
A: Tap and yell at them, are you ok?. If they do not look at you, respond, moan or groan…Do C.P.R. What does CPR stand for?
- C: Call 911 immediately- This is a must! You can always cancel the call if not needed.
- P: Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. (Pump the heart) If they say ouch then stop, 911 is on the way
- R: Respond with an AED. If the victim is in cardiac arrest and receives a shock from an AED within 2-3 minutes of collapse, they have a 90% chance of survival. This is compared to our statewide average of approximately 12%
There have been many cases where CPR and the use of an AED device has saved a life both at work and in a school, like Iolani School in Honolulu.
The AED Institute has free classes at its airport location, and for more information visit them at http://www.AEDInstitute.com