Monday, June 24, 2013
LEARN CPR - IT COULD SAVE A LIFE by RITA KARNOPP
I just finished an adult CPR training class Friday and wow things have changed since I took a CPR refresher course. (Yes - that is me to the left!) Mind you that was only four years ago. So what has changed?
· No longer do mouth-to-mouth on adults.
· No longer look for a pulse.
· Drop to knees alongside the victim – knees at chest area.
· Tap or shake person – make sure they aren’t just sleeping.
If not sleeping:
· Immediately direct someone to call 911
o If you are alone – call 911 yourself – then start compressions immediately.
§ Do not hang up from 911 until they tell you to.
§ Remember – an adult only has eight (8) minutes of oxygenated blood in their body.
· Start compressions (Take a CPR course to learn how to perform this properly)
o Lock fingers and begin compressions
§ Between nipple level
§ Pressing 2” down
§ – fast – to the tempo of “Stayin’ Alive.’ Run it through your head – that is fast. (Faster than our 1001…1002 … 1003 … in the past.)
· Continue compressions until medical help arrives.
Did you notice you don’t stop to take a pulse – before continuing?
No mouth-to-mouth between compressions.
They’ve learned this hurts the victim more than helps.
FACTS TO SHARE:
Ø 350,000-400,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest each year nationally.
Ø For every minute compressions are delayed, chances of survival decrease 10-15%.
Ø Only 6-8% survive on average nationally.
Ø Montanans are PAR with the national average, no better.
Ø Detroit’s average survival rate is 0-1%
Ø Chicago is 3%, NY & and LA about 5%.
Ø King County Washington, the Seattle area has a 52% survival rate because they have been teaching CPR in some way for over 30 years and claim 70% of their population is trained.
Check out this great site regarding ‘How to learn CPR and Save a Life.’ It’s worth your time– you just might be able to save the life of someone you love.