What is a System of Care? on onebeatcpr.com

What is a System of Care?

How it works and how it saves lives

The heart is a beautiful blend of simplicity and complexity. On the surface, pumping blood is a two-step “blood in, blood out” procedure, yet there is an incredibly complex machine that makes it happen. This description also applies to the system of care (SOC) that revolves around treating a cardiac event. It’s the singular goal to get an irregular heart back in working order, but there are numerous actions and skill levels involved in the process.

The SOC for heart issues can be broken into four main parts: The witnessing and reporting of an event to 911 – as well as onsite CPR or AED intervention – the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS), admittance to a primary care facility, and the recuperative stage (which may involve a further care facility). Like the heart itself, every part must work efficiently and harmoniously, from concerned and proactive bystanders to fully-trained response teams and doctors, nurses, and counselors.

SOC Stage 1

Notification and intervention from a bystander is where the SOC begins. It could be a family member, friend, co-worker, or stranger who makes the call to 911 and ideally starts CPR, but it will usually be a family member since the vast majority of heart issues occur at home. Alerting 911 is an essential act, and so is initiating CPR and using an AED, if one is available. It’s these latter, initial responses to a cardiac event that could be improved greatly.

Only 30% of Americans have effective CPR training. With the right classes, that’s not a statistic that needs to stay that way, however. A well-trained bystander can double or triple the chances of an individual surviving a cardiac emergency.

SOC Stage 2

Emergency medical services are up next. Their role is to provide medical assistance outside of a hospital environment. Highly-trained and experienced, the EMS team will keep a clear head and do everything possible to aid a patient before and during transport to a hospital. They’ll be able to assess any breathing or circulatory problems, provide oxygen and medication, and, in more serious cases, restart a patient’s heart. This is often achieved through EMS training in the use of AEDs (automated external defibrilators).

SOC Stage 3

Cardiac issues vary in their intensity and so the length of Stage 3, the hospital stay, varies. There will be a significant number of tests upon arrival at the hospital to get to the root of the problem and assess which medications will be effective in treating it. If surgery is required, this will of course require an extended stay and monitoring of a patient’s condition. One of the first questions every patient asks is when they can go home. On average, successful heart attack patients will spend from a day up to a week in the hospital, followed by a variable period of weeks to a few months before a return to a normal level of activity.

SOC Stage 4

Stage 4 is recuperation, and this is where the patients themselves become an invaluable member of the SOC. By this point, they will have been informed of the causes and effects of their cardiac incident. Their doctor will prescribe any necessary medication and advise on lifestyle changes which may be required. It’s how the patient chooses to adopt these recommendations that will truly define how effective stage 4 is, and arguably the entire SOC. Sadly, many Americans are readmitted within a month of a heart attack.

If patients choose to become a proactive part of the system, they’ll likely make dietary changes that will encourage cardiac and overall body health. This common-sense menu contains plenty of vegetables and fruits, low fat dairy products, skinless fish and poultry, and unsalted, lower saturated fat options across the board.

In some cases, a patient will be required to undertake cardiac rehab (CR). CR can take place both as an inpatient and an outpatient. Patients will keep in touch with a cardiologist and receive further education on their condition, ways to avoid repeat incidents, and counseling on dealing with the stresses and fears that can follow a cardiac issue. It can be a difficult period, but the cardiac rehab and the entire SOC can bring a patient back to health.

 

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CPR Training Does More Than Just Save Lives

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Why everyone should be CPR-certified

According to the New Holland Ambulance Association, the extremely low 6.4% cardiac arrest survival rate is largely due to witnesses not knowing how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, as well as the failure to employ an AED. While we tend to think of this emergency medical training as only being necessary for medical professionals, life guards, and fire fighters, learning CPR is simple enough that everyone should know it.

7 reasons you should be CPR-certified

CPR training is inexpensive and accessible. Certifications last two years, and while staying up to date with the latest American Heart Association guidelines is highly recommended, once you know CPR, you know it. Here are 7 reasons to become a hero, ASAP.

  1. It’s easy. If a kid can learn CPR, so can you! CPR can be performed by just about anyone, and the objective of quality training is to find a technique that works best with your specific limitations.
  2. Mouth to mouth is not always necessary. The AHA found that mouth to mouth resuscitation may prevent bystanders from applying CPR. Their concern is about not knowing how to do it properly or a hygienic reluctance to risk disease. In response and in light of the latest research on CPR efficacy, the latest AHA CPR guidelines promote a chest compression only technique in many cases.
  3. You might save someone you love. A vast majority of cardiac arrests occur while victims are at home. Chances are, if you ever have to use your CPR training, it’ll be on someone you care about.
  4. You’ll know how NOT to make things worse. CPR training not only teaches lifesaving techniques, it also instructs on when to apply them and how to prevent any further damage.
  5. You can save their mind too. Brain death can begin as soon as 4 minutes after the heart stops beating. When administered soon enough, CPR can help minimize the brain damage risks associated with cardiac arrest.
  6. Confidence. Knowing what to do in an emergency carries over into your general outlook of yourself and life – knowing how to save lives builds confidence for individuals, employees, and families.
  7. You get to use AEDs. Automated External Defibrillators are a portable version of the “shock paddles” you’ve probably seen countless times on television and movies. AEDs have come to play a more significant role in CPR training since the 1980s. More and more business are installing AEDs, and home units have been available for over 20 years.

Finding the right class for you

The American Heart Association reports that only 32% of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander. Think about all the lives that could be saved if everyone took it upon themselves to learn this vital skill – especially if more AEDs are available and employed.

One Beat CPR + AED provides AHA CPR certifications for groups and individuals. Our programs cover advanced, basic, and infant CPR courses. For more information, or to sign up for classes, contact us today!

The CPR Guidelines Have Changed!

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3 things you need to know about the latest updates

CPR has continued to evolve since first being recognized by the American Heart Association in 1960. The most substantial update to the guidelines in recent times is a revision from mouth to mouth and hand compressions, to just compressions, known as Hands-Only CPR, in certain cases requiring CPR. However, there’s a little more to it than that.

3 things you should know about the latest CPR guidelines

The AHA CPR Guidelines are updated every five years with the help of hundreds of medical professionals and the analysis of data provided by emergency services and hospitals. The American Heart Association’s continuous effort to monitor CPR implementation allows the organization to revise their techniques to in light of the latest knowledge on effective resuscitation.

Here’s what’s new in the most recent guidelines:

  1. Completing tasks simultaneously. The old guidelines called for more of a one step after another approach – check for responsiveness, assess breathing, call 911, check for a pulse, then begin CPR. The latest update compresses these tasks into three steps – call for help while checking for breathing and a pulse, use an automatic defibrillator as soon as possible, and, immediately activate an Emergency Response System if available.
  2. Chest compression rates. A 2015 study revealed that at the previously recommended 120 compressions per minute, rescuers weren’t able to maintain adequate pressure, creating a negative effect on venous return. In response, the AHA lowered its recommendation to 100-120 chest compressions per minute.
  3. Compression depth limit. Another study from back in 2013 reported that chest compressions deeper than 2.4 inches had a tendency to cause injury. The recent updates to the guidelines sets the minimum depth at 2 inches, and the maximum at 2.4.

Do you need to be certified?

AHA CPR certifications are good for up to two years –  and while the guidelines may not have changed in that period, it’s not necessary to re-certify unless yours is going to expire.

If you’ve never been certified in CPR training, there’s never a better time than now. Whether it means expanding your qualifications for new career horizons or just being prepared for an emergency, CPR certification is empowering.

One Beat CPR + AED is Florida’s premiere AHA training center. We offer hands-on classes for groups, and individuals, covering a diverse range of specialties, including automated defibrillator training. For more information on finding the right certification for you, your family, or your staff, contact us today!

The Top 3 Surprising Benefits of Employee CPR Training

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Morale, a culture of safety, and a benefit for the community

Is your company located 5 minutes or more away from an emergency medical facility? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires you to have one or more of your staff adequately trained to render first aid.

This federal agency goes on to recommend that every company should have one or more employees who are trained and certified in first aid, including CPR, regardless of the proximity to a health care facility. A federal requirement might be your impetus, but there are 3 surprising, additional benefits to a business that provides employee CPR training.

1. A shot in the arm for employee morale

Everybody’s looking for a way to combat the “I just work here” mentality that can hover like a dark cloud over a company. CPR and first aid training can be a way to boost your employee morale.

People retain information when it’s learned in an enjoyable way and CPR training classes take this to heart. Plus, most classes are designed to pair up learning teams. Group participation is encouraged and rewarded. When you offer CPR training, you’re creating an opportunity for your employees to interact and socialize. They’re sharing a learning experience which carries an important consequence. One day, they might apply what they’ve learned together to save a life.

2. Practically speaking

You’re not going to be able to affix a concrete number to this—either in terms of savings or efficiency—but there are dollars at stake. The initial training and refresher courses raise your entire company’s awareness of safety.

The consequence could be a decrease in the amount of accidents in the workplace. Accidents are—by their very nature—unexpected. Unimaginable things happen under the most ordinary of circumstances. A staff trained in CPR and first aid will lower the possibility of a serious—or even fatal—result because they now know how to take immediate action when an accident occurs.

The first aid kit isn’t going to be a container of unfamiliar contents in an emergency situation. This might seem trivial at first, but knowing the contents of a first aid kit and what to do with them can mean the difference between life or death in some circumstances. In others, the correct application of what’s in a first aid kit can reduce the recovery time of an accident victim. As a business owner or company manager, you want all of these things to happen.

3. Outside implications

Peripheral benefits can sometimes outweigh the direct ones that come to mind. When we think of CPR and first aid training, we usually consider what it means for employees on the premises during company hours. It’s certainly benefit enough—but that’s really just a beginning.

Training your employees how to administer CPR and first aid makes them a valuable contribution to the safety of their family and friends, as well as the community as a whole. It’s a skill you retain for life, and it’s easy to update or sharpen that skill with a refresher course.

Use the OSHA criteria to determine whether you’re required to providing CPR and first aid training for your staff. If you don’t have to and you’re not swayed by OSHA’s recommendation that you do it anyway, keep these 3 business benefits in mind. Do they equate to easily-measurable dollars? No. But the benefits could be far more valuable than a simple ROI calculation.

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.