March is Heartsaver Month in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, and with cardiac arrest claiming more lives than colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, influenza, pneumonia, auto accidents, HIV, firearms, and house fires combined worldwide, it’s crucial to learn CPR in the event that you find yourself in a lifesaving situation.
Cardiac arrest can occur to anyone at any time – often occurring outside of a hospital, like at home, at work or at play – and the victim may be someone you know or love. Every minute CPR is delayed, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10 percent. Immediate CPR from someone nearby can double or even triple that victim’s chance of survival.
Learn the simple steps of Hands-Only CPR to become a lifesaver in the event of a cardiac emergency. Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths and is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting. It consists of two easy steps: 1) call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number (or send someone to do that); 2) push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
In addition, global training and awareness programs increase the likelihood of a lay responder being on-hand to provide CPR and treatment using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Programs like Connected Pulse use technology to better connect victims and rescuers – both professional and lay responders. This unique end-to-end solution combines education programs to increase awareness of CPR, the use of publicly-available AEDs, and new technologies to strengthen the ‘chain of survival’ from the moment an incident occurs to the patient leaving the hospital.
Connected Pulse emphasizes four critical steps of the chain of survival: 1) alerting emergency medical services; 2) giving CPR to the patient; 3) delivering treatment using an AED; and 4) advanced critical life support, provided by the emergency medical services.
Celebrate Heartsaver Month by finding a CPR training solution that works for you and learn how to save a life.
For more information on CPR, visit international.heart.org. All tools and materials to help plan activities and spread the message can be accessed online in English and Arabic.
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I teach AHA Heartsaver/AED for free at my gym. Even non-gym members are allowed to attend. This particular gym has partnered with me to teach as many people as we can Bystander CPR AND recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and stroke and what actions to take for survival. High quality compressions are stressed and the focus of my classes. Everyone has their own feedback manikin, so practice time is maximized.
But what I would like to stress, is that while I agree with hands only compressions is helpful to many, ASSESSMENT must also be stressed. I make sure my students do proper assessments prior to compressions. I teach what to do for a person who is unconscious but breathing. I have them practice on each other how to roll the victim and how to monitor that victim until 911 arrives. I teach them what questions or actions to take if they shake and shout and the victim wakes up.
Compressions ARE the most important part of my class, but ASSESSMENT, HAS TO BE TAUGHT AND DRILLED INTO THEIR HEADS!
I’ve been teaching free with my husband (a Md, myself a RN) for 4 years now. My classes are packed. Word has gotten out around the area, about the high quality of our classes.
Teaching is pure joy to me. But I do feel more emphasis needs to be placed on ASSESSMENT, prior to compressions. It’s easy to learn….and I tell them “practice makes perfect, but perfect practice makes perfect “
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