Is Mouth-to-Mouth Breathing Required in CPR?

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Why “hands-only” CPR is gaining popularity Why “hands-only” CPR is gaining popularity

If you were at home or out at a restaurant, and someone collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? According to American Heart Association statistics, “70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed.”

In case you don’t know, cardiac arrest occurs when the “heart’s electrical system malfunctions,” causing irregular heartbeat rhythms. It is different from a heart attack, which is caused by a blockage or narrowing of an artery to the heart, although a heart attack can lead to cardiac arrest.

Why knowing CPR is so important … for everyone

For decades, medical professionals and organizations like the American Heart Association have taught the benefits of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a technique that uses a combination of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing that has been shown to save lives. CPR can be especially critical in the case of cardiac events that happen at home or anywhere outside of a hospital, keeping the person alive until an ambulance arrives.

Look at these stats from the American Heart Association:

  • Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually
  • Four out of five cardiac arrests (88%) happen at home
  • Less than 8% of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive
  • Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival

A new type of CPR

In the last several years, a new type of CPR has emerged, which focuses on “hands-only” compressions, with no “mouth-to-mouth” resuscitation (rescue breaths). “Hands-only” is now gaining popularity, with even the American Heart Association touting the potential benefits. The aim of the initiative is to teach the public that untrained rescuers (bystanders) can still perform CPR, emphasizing that people should first call 911 and then provide chest compressions.

The theory is that most bystanders who see a person go into cardiac arrest aren’t trained in how to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or may even be reluctant to put their mouths directly onto a stranger’s. Chest-only compressions can give a bystander enough confidence to start giving CPR right away, which can make a difference in saving lives.

Hands-only CPR can work in certain circumstances because when a person first goes into cardiac arrest, his or her body still has plenty of oxygen. Chest compressions work by keeping the oxygen circulating, thus helping to minimize possible brain damage.

How to perform hands-only CPR

According to the American Heart Association “If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911 and then push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of any tune that is 100 to 120 beats per minute.”

Note: A recommended song with the right “beat” is Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees. 

You can watch several PSA instructional videos on “hands only” CPR here

When hands-only CPR should NOT be applied

While chest compressions alone can help save lives, this method should only be used on adults or teens experiencing a specific type of cardiac arrest.

Hands-only CPR is NOT recommended for…

Child and infant CPR Pediatric cardiac arrest is generally related to respiratory failure, where the infant or child stops breathing for some reason. By the time  cardiac arrest occurs, the oxygen levels are likely already depleted. CPR with rescue breaths becomes critical in these cases.

Respiratory failure leading to cardiac arrest – This is more likely to occur in cases of drowning, overdose, choking, trauma, or sudden illness, like a severe allergic reaction or asthma that restricts the airways. Here, oxygen levels can become depleted before the heart stops, so rescue breaths are necessary.

A cardiac arrest you don’t witness – If you didn’t see the person collapse, it is impossible to tell how long he or she may have been lying there. It’s more likely oxygen has become depleted so rescue breaths would be necessary.

Now that you know the importance of CPR, and a method of performing “hand-only” compressions if you witness a cardiac arrest, you can be better prepared to help save a life. For more information on individual, group, or company CPR training, contact us today.

AEDs and Assisted or In-Home Care

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Essential facts you should know about AEDs and the elderly

A 1994 study titled “The Pre-Hospital Arrest Survival Evaluation” revealed a frightening reality: Of 2,329 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, only 26 patients survived. Twenty-one years later, in 2015, the American Heart Association (AHA) asserted that over 326,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospitals every year – a majority while the victims were in their home.

Fortunately, modern medicine has a lifesaving answer to this stubbornly persistent threat: The automated electronic defibrillator (AED). In 2002, the FDA approved the first home AED unit, the Philips HeartStart, and two years later the prescription requirement was dropped.

The American Red Cross states that, “improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year.” Because AEDs extend similar advantages to the elderly as they do younger patients, more and more homeowners and assisted care residents are considering purchasing a unit.

3 details all senior citizens should know about AEDs

Help’s required. The “automated” aspect of AEDs refers to the machine’s ability to calibrate the electrical output based on the heart’s fibrillation, a spasm caused by uncoordinated muscle fibers. Victims of sudden cardiac arrest won’t be able to administer AED treatment on themselves. While laws vary from state to state, American Heart Association approved AED and CPR training is highly recommended. Because of this, the capabilities of a person’s living partner or caregiver need to be identified before purchasing an AED, especially in the home.

The medical world believes in AEDs. A report published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggested that, “the most optimistic view is that 84% of public access defibrillation cardiac arrest victims … were found in VF (ventricular fibrillation/cardiac arrest), 29% of those aged 70 and older and in VF have been shown to survive to discharge.” While those stats may seem discouraging to those outside of medicine, cardiologists see this as a huge improvement, especially since only 10% of all individuals who suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting typically survive. The report goes on to state, “To the extent that cardiac resuscitation is offered to any patient, it should at least be considered for the average geriatric patient.”

DNRs need to be identified. The same Journal of Geriatrics Society paper advised that, “the geriatric
population is likely to contain a good number of individuals who have no interest in resuscitation.” While most assisted living residents will have already reported their do not resuscitate (DNR) status upon move-in, the introduction of AEDs to such residencies can lead to concerns about those wishes being identified before an AED is administered.

Educate yourself

AED and CPR training can be an excellent way of learning if and how purchasing an in-home AED is the right decision for you or your loved ones, and give you the confidence to use it in an emergency situation.

If you’re considering purchasing an AED unit for your home or facility, we encourage you to connect with One Beat CPR + AED, Florida’s premiere AHA and American Safety Health Institute (ASHI) CPR training center and AED distributor. Our certified experts can help identify the best training program and AED for you, your family, or your employees. Contact us today.

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.

The 5 Biggest Risk Factors for Heart Disease

There are things you can do (or stop doing) right now to prevent a heart attack

Even with all of the advances in medicine and the vast amount of information we have access to, health in the U.S. is not getting much better. In fact, statistics show that one crucial area – heart disease – is getting worse.

Heart disease kills about 630,000 Americans every year, which accounts for a quarter of all deaths. And it is estimated that 15 million people have coronary heart disease, which is the most common form of heart disease.

Why is heart disease so prevalent? While there are some factors we don’t have any control over – such as age, gender, and genetics – the truth is that this is a very preventable sickness. Here are the five most common causes of heart disease and how they can be remedied:

Lack of activity/Excess weight

Exercise is one of those things that can dramatically improve health, but it’s something that’s not done nearly enough. According to the American Heart Association, 69 percent of adults are overweight, and all of those extra pounds – plus the increased levels of cholesterol – put a severe strain on the heart. Even just moderate daily exercise like taking a walk can significantly reduce the chance of a heart attack.

Smoking

If you smoke, here’s a stat that will probably make you think twice about lighting that next cigarette: Smoking can increase the risk of heart disease by up to four times. And if you smoke around nonsmokers such as family members, you’re also putting them at a higher risk.

High blood pressure

When someone’s blood pressure is high, this puts pressure on the cardiovascular system and the coronary arteries. As damage accumulates from this pressure, so does plaque, which in turn can block blood flow to the heart and raises the chances of a heart attack. Around 60 million Americans have high blood pressure, making it the most common risk factor for heart disease. A better diet and more exercise, as well as medications, can help lower it.

Diabetes

People with diabetes are much more likely to develop heart problems. In fact, almost 70 percent of diabetics age 65 or older will die due to a form of heart disease. This is why controlling diabetes by eating well, exercising, and taking prescribed medications is vital.

Stress

While everything else on this list can be seen or will show up on a test, stress is one of those invisible killers. Stress in itself may not directly cause heart problems, but it often leads to things that can, including higher blood pressure, poor eating habits, and smoking. It’s important to recognize the warning signs of stress and find ways to relax.

In the U.S., someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. If you live with or perhaps work with people who could be potential victims of a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), it’s important to be prepared. One Beat CPR offers an assortment of classes covering a variety of life-saving measures, including CPR, using an AED, and first aid. These classes are taught by first-responders and can be conducted in your home or place of business. For more information, you can call us at 954-321-5305 or just fill out our online contact form.

Heart Disease: An Equal Opportunity Killer

Why women need to start listening to their hearts

A lot happens in 60 seconds: Lightning strikes the planet 360 times, 58 airplanes take off, 250 babies are born, 243,000 photos are posted to Facebook, 7,150,000,000 human hearts thump at various rates – and for at least one woman, hers stops. Approximately one woman each minute will succumb to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death.

Red flag symptoms every woman should know about

While there are risk factors, all women face the possibility of heart disease, so it’s important to be familiar with the symptoms. Though the condition can accrue with no symptoms, in general, women who have them tend to experience the following:

  • Pain in the neck, jaw, and/or throat
  • Pain in the back, or upper abdomen
  • Angina – chest pains that may be dull, sharp, or simply feel like discomfort.

One of the most clear consequences of untreated heart disease is a heart attack. Much like in the case of a stroke, the faster you recognize that you’re having one, the better. Heart attacks are less likely to present as chest pain in women than in men. Unfortunately, most women aren’t familiar with female heart attack symptoms, and assuming nothing is wrong, wait to seek help until there’s already damage to the heart.

A woman having a heart attack may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the neck, jaw, shoulder, back, or upper abdomen
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in either or both arms
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Abnormal fatigue

If you’re experiencing these symptoms or otherwise suspect you’re having a heart attack, call emergency services immediately and follow their instructions.

When to be more cautious

High cholesterol levels, obesity, and high blood pressure are just as lethal to women as they are to men, so it’s important to keep track of those measurements. Other factors that increase risk include:

Smoking: The chemicals inhaled with cigarette smoke inflame the cellular lining of blood vessels, damage that directly contributes to a range of cardiovascular maladies, such as stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and coronary heart disease.

Inactivity: If you’re not getting a minimum of 2.5 hours each week of moderate aerobic exercise per the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, you’re not getting enough. The heart is a muscle; the more you work it, the stronger it grows and the more efficient your entire system becomes. If you’re able to find an activity you enjoy, such as evening walks with a friend, those 2.5 hours will fly by.

Diabetes: Women with type 2 diabetes are three times as likely to incur a fatal cardiovascular disease-related death than women who aren’t diabetic. This is due to the damaging effects of high blood sugar on blood vessels and the nerves controlling the heart, in addition to increasing cholesterol levels.

Always be prepared!

Whether you’re a man or woman, heart disease is the biggest threat to our individual vitality and survival. Knowing the risk factors and recognizing symptoms early on can save lives – and so does knowing how to save a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victim.

The majority of heart attacks are survivable with quick medical treatment, built those that lead to sudden cardiac arrest are much more fatal. Only 10.6% of SCA victims treated by emergency medical services died, whereas the survival rate jumped to 31.4% if a trained bystander jumped in early to help. The more of us who know CPR and who have access to and use automated external defibrillator (AEDs), the more likely we are to be lifesavers.

One Beat CPR offers training for families, individuals, and medical professionals so we can all be prepared when faced with an emergency. Connect with us today to find out more.

Can Lifesaving Courses and Equipment Reduce Liability?

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CPR, AED, and First Aid training may reduce liability for schools, businesses, and other organizations

If you own or operate a business, making sure your employees receive lifesaving medical training could help reduce your legal liability. Research from the American Heart Association estimates that up to 70% of Americans do not know how to properly perform CPR or use an AED, rendering them helpless in several emergency situations. Unless you work in a specific profession that requires it or have already mandated training, there’s no reason to think that your employees are better educated about these lifesaving skills than the average American.

Many businesses and organizations simply hope that an emergency won’t occur on their property, or simply fail to plan for the possibility. Either way, ignoring the issue isn’t an effective risk management strategy. It pays to prioritize safety by investing in lifesaving training for workers – including CPR, the use of AEDs, and First Aid.

Lawsuits and settlements underscore the legal risks of an untrained staff

In today’s litigious culture, businesses rightly fear that a lawsuit could seriously hurt their finances – or even put them out of business. Personal injury and accidental death claims are a huge business, constituting a large portion of the 15 million lawsuits that are filed each year in the U.S. Add the expense of defending against a lawsuit and the fact that plaintiffs win approximately 55% of cases taken to trial, and it begins to make sense why so many business owners go to great lengths to avoid them.

Fortunately for businesses (who make up around one-third of personal injury defendants) the vast majority of lawsuits don’t go to trial. Instead, they’re usually settled via a confidential out-of-court agreement between the plaintiff and the defendant. But even if you can convince a plaintiff (such as the family of a deceased employee or customer) to settle, you may have to pay a lot in the process. In 2015, the death of Hollywood executive Mark Palotay in a Los Angeles-area gym led to a lawsuit which was eventually settled for an undisclosed amount. The family sued because they alleged the facility did not have any employees trained in CPR or AED use, and staff did not even know the location of the nearest AED.

Companies can mitigate the risk of tragedy with a minor investment

An unfortunate aspect about many of these incidents is the ease in which they could have been avoided. For a business like a gym, with hundreds (or thousands) of members exerting themselves on a daily basis, it’s even more important to have employees with lifesaving training on-hand – in fact, it’s the law in California for gyms to have an AED. A simple training course and a relatively small financial investment could have saved a customer’s life and prevented the gym from being forced into an expensive legal payout. Plus, accidental deaths are never good publicity, especially in the age of social media.

Beyond common sense, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration requires that “In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid.” OSHA considers “near proximity” to be within 3-5 minutes of an emergency facility.

The federal agency also “recommends, but does not require, that every workplace include one or more employees who are trained and certified in first aid, including CPR.”

In addition, having at least some of your staff trained in lifesaving strategies will comfort both customers and employees. Make the investment in your workers and your organization – get them lifesaving training today.

To learn more about how lifesaving courses and equipment can reduce liability for your business or organization, contact One Beat CPR today for a free consultation.

Inside Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Technology

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Discover what lies at the heart of this live-saving device

According to the American Heart Association, 326,000 cases of cardiac arrest occur outside of hospitals every year, with 4 out of 5 of those occurring in the home. In more than half of those cases, the event goes unwitnessed and it’s fatal more than 90 percent of the time. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is an indispensable device designed to allow a fast and effective response in the event of an alteration in heart rhythm. To understand just why it’s so valuable, let’s take a look at how the heart works and how an AED tackles this problem.

The beat of the heart

Typically, the heart rate of an adult at rest is between 60 to 100 beats per minute (BPM). This will increase with exertion, of course, and if an individual is in good physical shape they may have a resting heart rate of less than 60 BPM. The rate at which all of our hearts beat can be influenced by fitness and activity level while also being affected by factors such as medication, body weight, and how we’re feeling emotionally.

If our hearts are not in rhythm, then we’re suffering from arrhythmia; an irregular and erratic heartbeat caused by changes in the organ’s electrical impulses. This irregularity can cause dizziness, fainting and potentially lasting damage to the brain and other organs through insufficient blood flow. In the best cases, it can be managed successfully with medication, but in a bad situation it can potentially lead to cardiac arrest.

How defibrillation works

Defibrillator pads are attached to the chest of a person (or sometimes both on their front and on their back) whose heart is behaving erratically. An electrical current is run through the pads and into the subject’s body with the purpose of “resetting” the heart’s electrical signals back into a normal rhythm.

The faster defibrillation can take place, the greater the chances of survival. For particularly high risk patients, an internal defibrillator may be fitted to help monitor and regulate arrhythmia. Thankfully, defibrilators are becoming more and more common in public spaces, especially in places such as gyms, airports, and other high-traffic areas. The presence of an AED is essential for preventing deaths by sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) that occur outside of a medical facility.

The AED in action

Portable and lightweight, the AED is an excellent tool for handling instances of ventricular tachycardia (rapid and regular beat) and ventricular fibrillation (rapid irregularity). Not only are they user-friendly (though training in both their use and CPR is highly recommended), they can be kept safely at home or in public spaces.

Other than its lighter weight and portability, the AED functions much like its larger cousins found in medical facilities. An AED’s fine-tuned computer can ascertain the need for a shock to correct irregularities in rhythm and it provides dynamic instructions to the user – anyone who can follow these directions can actively save a life.

Why you should own an AED

Dealing with any medical issue can be intimidating, especially when it deals with the heart. Owning an AED at home, especially when you or a loved one has a known heart condition, vastly increases the chance of survival in cases of SCA. And their wider adoption by individuals, corporations, governments, and other organizations in public and private settings will save lives.

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