CPR and AEDs Save More Than Just Lives

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How employee CPR training preserves and promotes company morale

Until you’ve experienced loss, it’s difficult to truly understand how deeply it impacts every aspect of a person’s life. Grief can be crippling, even if the death is outside of a person’s family, after all, our colleagues are often more a part of our daily lives than extended family.

A 2002 paper drafted by Dr. Kirsti A. Dyer assessed the impact the death of a co-worker has on companies. Dr. Dyer explained that grieving the loss of a co-worker “can upset workers and hamper the work environment. Unfortunately, most businesses cannot afford to halt production, sales or services to accommodate the grief response.”

Fortunately, many of these deaths can be prevented.

Putting the odds in your favor

According to OSHA, approximately 10,000 Americans suffer a sudden cardiac arrest at work each year. If there’s not help already on the scene, waiting for emergency medical assistance only offers about a 7-10% chance of survival. However, when automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and trained individuals are on site, the overall survival rate increases by 70%, and “studies with immediate defibrillation have shown up to 60% survival one year after sudden cardiac arrest.”

The American Red Cross and OSHA believe in the lifesaving power of CPR training enough to provide hero stories on their websites. An excellent example is the case of George Hickman, an employee at Honeywell FM&T in Kansas City, Missouri.

When Hickman was overtaken by cardiac arrest, six of his colleagues sprang into action. Two immediately administered CPR, while another called emergency services. Security quickly arrived with an AED – the shock revived his pulse and an oxygen mask was placed over his mouth well before paramedics arrived.

Hickman survived, and instead of months of grieving, business went on, presumably with a considerable boost in morale and stronger employee bonds.

“It is quite humbling to stand here in front of six gentlemen who saved my life,” stated Hickman at a Red Cross awards ceremony. “Every day is a blessing. It can end in a heartbeat. I appreciate your chest compressions and thank you for paying attention in the CPR course.”

Automated external defibrillator (AED) courses

A fibrillation is a spasm of a muscle caused by uncoordinated individual fibrils (muscle fibers). Sudden cardiac arrest is caused by either ventricular fibrillation or when the heart completely stops beating, most frequently the former. AEDs analyze the heart’s rhythm and then send a jolt of electricity calibrated to correct the fibrillation, allowing the heart to beat normally again.

Fortunately, AEDs are relatively easy to use – many American Heart Association Approved training facilities provide courses for both individuals and entire companies.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses

It’s important for employees to know what to do before and after an AED arrives – it saved George Hickman’s life.

Each of Hickman’s colleagues fell right back on their training, from delegating tasks, to applying an oxygen mask after he was resuscitated. Consider how empowered everyone at Kansas City’s Honeywell FM&T branch felt after seeing their CPR training put to use to save their colleague’s life.

Turn your staff into heroes

The sooner you launch a CPR training initiative for your employees, the less likely you are to face a grieving workforce. One Beat CPR provides AED and CPR training, along with AED units, so your staff can add “life saver” to their list of specialties.

For more information on company and individual CPR and AED training packages, contact us today.

A Community Service: The Benefits of Offering Lifesaving Training Through Parks and Recreation

City, state, and county governments across the U.S. are beginning to realize the massive benefits of offering community CPR training programs

According to recent statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA), 70% of Americans do not know or do not remember CPR, rendering them nearly helpless in the event of a heart attacks, drownings, and other potentially lifesaving emergencies. More widespread proficiency in lifesaving techniques like CPR and AED-use among the U.S. population could save thousands of lives per year– especially among society’s most vulnerable populations, such as young children, the elderly, and individuals with serious disabilities.

Fortunately, governments around the country are beginning to respond to this knowledge gap by offering CPR and AED training through city, county, and state Parks and Recreation departments. Offering community CPR and AED training isn’t just good government in action; it can often help save money while bringing members of community together.

Lifesaving CPR and AED training saves city and county governments money

Unfortunately, deaths and serious injuries aren’t only tragic; they can also be incredibly expensive, and state and local governments often find themselves footing part or all of the bill. Research from the Committee on the Treatment of Cardiac Arrest at the Institute of Medicine has attempted to quantify the impact, concluding:

“Cardiac arrest is a complex and lethal condition that poses a substantial public health burden, with high nationwide mortality rates and the potential for profound and irreversible neurologic injury and functional disability. In addition to the number of lives lost, cardiac arrest has a considerable economic impact; measured in terms of productive years of life lost due to premature death or avoidable neurologic disability, it constitutes a societal burden equal to or greater than that of other leading causes of death in the nation.”

By reducing the amount of preventable deaths and injuries, Parks and Recreation departments can reduce the economic and social impact on a community. On a local level, city and county governments that offer CPR training through their Parks and Recreation departments can also mitigate expenditures on death-related costs, such as the use of a coroner and/or medical examiner.

CPR training can help save lives while bringing your community together

In addition to directly serving citizens, Parks and Recreation-based CPR and AED training programs can interface with other organizations to serve even more members of the community. For example, a Parks and Recreation Department could partner with local schools to expand lifesaving training programs to students. The schools, in-turn, can enlist parents, friends, and family members of the students to participate in the department’s program. These programs may also be extended to partner with senior living and eldercare centers, as well as integrating with community programs for people with disabilities.

CPR and AED training programs through Parks and Recreation departments can also help train city, county, and state employees in these lifesaving techniques. While some government agencies, such as those related to law enforcement, already may have training programs, many agencies do not. Unfortunately, this lack of education leaves government employees at risk and potentially liable for accidental deaths.

Overall, offering lifesaving CPR and AED training through your local Parks and Recreation department could be one of the best ways to bring your community together – offering a service that keeps citizens safer while reducing potential financial impact and legal liability.

If you manage programs for a Parks and Recreation department and you are interested in offering an American Heart Association-accredited lifesaving training course to your community, contact One Beat CPR today for a free consultation.

First Responder Stories

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Inspiring accounts of police officers using CPR to save lives

Every day, America’s police officers perform a number of duties to keep us safe. They’re the mediators of public disturbances, the enforcers of law and order, guides for the lost, and educators on many important issues society faces, such as drug use and neighborhood security. Not least of a police officer’s many functions is to provide first response medical care in emergency situations.

Frequently, the news reports how these officers take time out from putting their lives on the line to save the lives of others; men, women, children…even beloved pets. When they do, it’s their knowledge of CPR that can make all the difference in sudden and potentially fatal situations.

Protecting the next generation

Did you know there are important differences between adult and child CPR that could be critical in saving a life? Officer Chase Miller does. He put that knowledge to good use to save three year old Brayden Geis from a febrile seizure. Working in conjunction with Brayden’s father, Officer Chase acted surely and swiftly and was honored by his city council with the Life Saving Award, not to mention the profound gratitude of Brayden’s parents.

Deputy Steve Donaldson brought his skills to bear to save the life of a 15-month-old boy in Tampa, Florida. His story is a perfect example of the human side of law enforcement and CPR. When it’s a life or death situation, it takes bravery and self-control to perform under that kind of pressure. Even though Deputy Donaldson admitted to being “more scared than the mother was,” he stuck to his training and the worst was prevented. Young Cory had stopped breathing in a case very similar to Brayden Geis’ after a fever became potentially fatal. The deputy was likewise honored and rewarded for a job well done.

Every life matters

The image of a first responder saving a beloved family pet is even more endearing in reality, as the combined efforts of these firefighters and police officers proves. Dante and Lisa Cosetino stood to lose their beloved cats after the pets were pulled unresponsive from the flames of a house fire. The police officers on the scene weren’t about to accept defeat; they chose to improvise and apply CPR techniques along with oxygen to the stricken animals … and brought them back to life.

Vital steps in law enforcement CPR

Not every story has such a happy ending. Still, when the worst happens it can be a catalyst for positive and lasting change. In August of this year, New York’s Governor Cuomo passed Briana’s Law: legislation that requires every NYPD officer (and state police) to be certified in CPR and recertified on a two-year basis.

How AEDs support CPR

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are devices which allow for rapid and effective action when cardiac irregularities occur. They’re the perfect partner to CPR training, yet even without that training AEDs are easy to use. They’re extremely lightweight, can be carried anywhere, and user-friendly. Studies show the average third grader is capable of following the automated instructions to successfully deliver a life-saving shock.

This dramatic video shows Canton, Georgia police officers Patrick Duncan and Jimmy Butler taking action to save the life of a weight lifter who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. The presence of an AED coupled with the capable performance of the officers saved a life in a situation where only 10 in every 100 cases end in survival. This event inspired the Canton City Council to equip all of their patrol vehicles with AEDs.

How to get heart-saving equipment

If you’re a member of a police department who want to be equipped with AEDs but are up against funding issues, then help is at hand. From grants to private funding, there are a number of avenues which could provide financial assistance.

At One Beat CPR, it’s our mission to provide the best equipment, and to educate the public and emergency responders through our classes taught by certified fire fighters, police officers, and paramedics. Our prices for AEDs and their replacement accessories are the lowest in the industry, and our training and certification programs cover nine major areas including CPR and AED, basic and advanced life support and First Aid.

This year’s IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) conference and expo in Philadelphia will be covering a host of pertinent issues in law enforcement, including new techniques for predicting and preventing the number one killer of police: heart attack. Pages 19 and 20 give the outline for this part of the program, and highlight how vital it is to remember that those who save us are also at risk.

As the stories above attest, the right skills and equipment are what give our police and other life savers the power to prevent tragedy.

One Beat CPR is Florida’s leading CPR training center. A family owned business with over 17 years of experience, we offer qualified instructional courses and the lowest AED and accessory prices in the industry. To learn more about our passion for life, you can call at 954.321.5305, toll free at 855.663.2328 or get in touch via our contact form.

Do All Police Officers Know CPR?

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Better training could save lives

It should be a no-brainer to make sure all police officers are adequately trained in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). After all, cops are often the first ones to the scenes of car wrecks, shootings, and other potentially deadly events. And the sooner critically injured people get CPR, the better their chances of survival.

Yet several high-profile cases show that not all officers are competent in the lifesaving procedure. And even more are not qualified to operate AEDs (automated external defibrillators), which can save the lives of people stricken by sudden cardiac arrest.

“Police work regularly places officers in urgent situations with critically injured people,” Farzan A. Nahvi, an emergency medicine physician at New York University Langone Medical Center, said in an article in The New York Times. “If a person isn’t getting oxygen to his brain, permanent brain damage occurs after about four minutes, and death occurs within about six minutes.”

He adds that the average EMT response time in New York City is seven minutes, which makes the first responder’s capabilities in CPR even more vital.

In one well-publicized 2014 case, NYPD officer Peter Liang accidentally shot a man named Akai Gurley in a Brooklyn housing project. As Gurley lay dying, his girlfriend futilely performed CPR while being coached by a 911 dispatcher. Liang later admitted that he thought Gurley’s girlfriend “was more qualified than me” in CPR.

An investigation into the death revealed that Liang and his partner both had CPR training at the Police Academy, but neither felt confident in performing it.

In another landmark case, 11-year-old Briana Ojeda died from an acute asthma attack in 2010, in part because the responding officer didn’t know CPR. She was the daughter of state Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, and he sponsored a bill not only requiring adequate CPR training for police officers but also recertification every two years. Incredibly, the bill died in the state senate five times – due to funding concerns – before it was finally passed this year. It’s now known as “Briana’s law.”

Police “should not be afraid, or lack the training, to do what is necessary to try and save a life,” declares Ortiz.

Many cities and states throughout the nation have adequate CPR training and certification for their law enforcement officers, but it remains inconsistent.

“Police training protocols differ between each police department,” notes Danielle Thor, Director of Temple University EMS in Philadelphia. “For many departments it is required, but for others it may only be suggested.”

Some police departments simply don’t make emergency medical attention a priority. After the New Orleans PD was criticized for not doing enough to help shooting victims in a 2014 incident, a spokesman stated: “The police officer is a police officer. They’re not a nurse, they’re not a doctor. They get fundamental training in CPR, and that’s all they can do, if nothing else is taxing their time at that moment.”

AED training also important for cops

Many experts recommend that cops not only get trained in CPR but also in the use of AEDs. More than 325,000 Americans suffer a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year. Usually, the only way to get the heart beating properly again is by employing an AED, which uses an electrical impulse to basically jump-start the heart. Experts say that defibrillation within three minutes of a SCA improves the survival rate by a whopping 70 percent.

This is particularly relevant for police because of the increasing use of Tasers in subduing suspects. Some experts believe the shock that disables a person can also cause a potentially deadly arrhythmia. Meanwhile, defibrillators are becoming more common in workplaces, and many police departments are making them standard equipment in squad cars.

A National Institutes of Health study concluded, “The majority of police officers can be trained to use an AED safely and effectively within a three-hour AED course. During this course, they also improve on their basic lifesaving skills.”

Adequate training in CPR and AEDs would no doubt help fulfill the policemen’s motto, “to serve and protect” citizens at the highest level – by saving lives. That is also the goal of One Beat CPR. We offer CPR and AED training certified by the American Heart Association and the American Safety & Health Institute; we are also one of the nation’s largest distributors of AEDs and accessories. For more information, call us at 954.321.5305, toll free at 855.663.2328 or get in touch via our contact form.