The Strange Origins and Fateful Evolution of CPR

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From seemingly hopeless to everyday miracles

According to the Journal of Johns Hopkins Hospital Bulletin, in 1767, the Society for Recovery of Drowned Persons (SRDP) listed “‘stimulating’ the victim by such means as rectal and oral fumigation with tobacco smoke” as a method of resuscitation. While some of their methods may have seemed comically off base, variations of four out of seven of their procedures are still in use today.

It took centuries for humans to fully develop Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), but it only took decades for modern CPR to go from a novel, medically-accepted technique in the mid-20th century to an everyday lifesaver.

Rediscovering a miracle

On December 3rd, 1732, deep inside the suffocating confines of a Scottish coal mine, James Blair took what would have been his last breath. His comrades lugged the coal-pit miner’s lifeless body up 34 fathoms of mining tunnels, where William Tossach, a local surgeon, took command of the scene. After confirming the absence of a pulse, in a move that certainly must have startled onlookers, Tossach employed an ancient but little-known technique. The surgeon leaned down, propped Blair’s mouth open, pressed his lips tightly over the victim’s, and exhaled.

Air wisped out of Blair’s nostrils – not the results Tossach expected. He then pinched Blair’s nose shut, drew in a deep breath and blew again. The miner’s chest inflated and immediately produced “six or seven very quick beats of the heart.” Blair went on to achieve a full recovery, and news of this re-discovered resuscitation technique spread across Europe.

By 1740, the Paris Academy of Sciences had officially recommended mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as a method of saving drowning victims. In 1771, the Society of Recovery of Drowned Persons credited their techniques, which included respirations into the mouth, as having saved 150 people over the span of four years. Considered in terms of 1767 communications, that number is a little more impressive than it might sound.

Massaging the heart

Jump forward to 1903. Dr. George Crile, who’d been experimenting with chest compressions to resuscitate dogs, successfully revived a human using the same technique. However, like many of humanity’s breakthroughs, this discovery bloomed in multiple cultures; jujitsu and judo books as far back as the 17th century described similar methods of external cardiac massage. It seemed, one way or another, CPR was destined to make its way into human knowledge.

In 1922, Dr. Claude Beck witnessed a startling surgical incident during his internship. The operation took a dramatic turn when the anesthetist declared that the patient’s heart had stopped beating. An astounded Beck reported that the resident surgeon’s response was to take off his gloves, pick up the phone, and call in the fire department to revive (unsuccessfully) the patient!

This experience had a profound effect on the young doctor. Twenty-five years later, in 1947, a 14-year old boy became the first human to be successfully revived using electrical engineer William Kouwenhoven’s external defibrillator. The boy’s life-saving doctor was none other than Dr. Claude Beck, who had spent the years since his residency becoming a pioneer in heart surgery, CPR, and using electrical shock to restart the heart.

A lifesaving merger

On September 16, 1960, the American Heart Association officially announced its promotion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation as the combination of two techniques – external heart massage and mouth to mouth – that “cannot be considered any longer as separate units.” In the decades that followed, CPR became a household name thanks to promotional films and global training programs.

By 1981, the first program to train 911 operators on how to give CPR instructions over the phone was implemented, a standard that’s now universal in the United States. Three years later, EMTs and firefighters began using automated external defibrillators, a user-friendly device requiring less training than previous versions of the machine.

Constantly evolving

Like all good science, CPR exists in a dynamic state, adjusting to new findings in an effort to generate a more efficient and effective technique. In 2005, the American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & ECC revised the compression to ventilation ratio. In the years that followed, the AHA emphasis has shifted even more toward chest compressions, after studies revealed the efficacy of constant compressions without rescue breathing.

Today, people from all walks of life enroll in CPR and AED training programs, and the adoption of AEDs is growing. More and more industries are requiring certification as a safety standard, and training techniques have made learning how to save lives accessible to a wide range of students.

One Beat CPR is proud to continue this tradition by contributing to lifesaving education. We provide CPR and AED training for students as diverse as corporate employees, families, and dedicated medical professionals. For more information about classes or the latest CPR techniques, contact us today.

What it Takes to be an AHA-Authorized Training Facility

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The American Heart Association’s training facility criteria

Even if you’re just casually interested in learning CPR or how to use an AED, you want to make sure you’re taught properly. And if you’re a professional in need of training, an American Heart Association authorized training facility may be a necessity. But what does that approval really mean?

The fact of the matter is the AHA authorization is far more than just a rubber stamp. This high standard is about being dedicated stewards of CPR and AED training – making sure the procedures are taught correctly, and that the training is always up to date.

Getting AHA authorized

Here’s what it means when a training facility has the American Heart Association’s approval:

  • The facility has already conducted AHA classes in each practice for which they’re seeking authorization as a training facility
  • They possess a minimum of $1 million in general liability insurance
  • The organization has presented a clear business plan displaying their market analysis and goals to the AHA
  • They’re registered as a business in their home state
  • The training center coordinator has attended a detailed AHA orientation
  • When available, AHA eCards will be issued as verification of completion of their courses
  • They have the support of a hospital corporate officer, and a letter indicating that support
  • They continue to be in good standing with the AHA

Types of AHA courses

The American Heart Association promotes a wide variety of classes for both medical and non-medical professionals, as well as anyone who just wants to learn how to save lives:

Basic Life Support (BLS): This genre of courses is targeted toward medical professionals, and therefore covers a broader range of patient applications.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS): Another one targeting medical professionals – ACLS teaches healthcare providers how to read electrocardiograms, manage a person’s airway, apply an IV, and about emergency pharmacology.

Pediatrics: In these courses, students learn a systematic approach to assessing pediatric patients, the PALS treatment algorithms, and effective resuscitation techniques for children.

Courses for lay rescuers: This category of classes is aimed at those with little or no medical training who either need certification for their job, or simply want to know how to save lives. It includes CPR, AED, and First Aid training.

Courses for the general community: Similar to the above genre, these include family courses, classes for schools, and different techniques such as the “hands only” approach to CPR.

Courses for AHA instructors: This is where the teachers for all of the courses above learn how to teach them. AHA instructors are required to continue their training to stay current on all techniques.

Find the right training

One Beat CPR’s AHA-authorized training offers a wide range of life saving courses, covering all of the American Heart Association’s major genres. To have one of our experts help find the right class for you, contact us today!

The 5 Essential Elements of CPR Training

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Choosing quality instruction that’s best for you

Research from around the world is clear when it comes to the importance of CPR and Automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The more people who learn these life-saving skills, the greater the chance that someone suffering a cardiac event will receive timely intervention and survive.

The question becomes, then, what constitutes a quality class? There are plenty of options available, but only a few have the curriculum and the authorization to get the best results.

1. What certification do you need?

The place to begin is to understand which sort of certification you require. Some CPR courses are designed specifically for healthcare professionals who are required to be certified and to renew that certification on a regular basis. These classes tend to be more intensive.

There are other courses, however, that are geared to other professions in which certification is required, such as a teacher or daycare worker, family members who are caring for someone with a heart issue, and ordinary people who just want to be prepared in case of an emergency.

In addition, some courses are specific to providing CPR for adults, children, or infants.

2. Which organization certifies the coursework?

The two leading organizations that authorize CPR classes and coursework are the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Red Cross (ARC). If you’re seeking a class as a result of employment, be sure to know which certification your employer requires.

While both organizations offer similar programs, the AHA tends to include more physiology and pharmacology information. The advanced courses for medical professionals are also more in-depth in order to combat the loss of skills that can occur over time.

ARC, on the other hand, provides community specific programs in addition to CPR instruction.

3. Beware of unknown programs

It’s always a smart idea for the buyer to beware, and that maxim holds true for CPR and AED training. There are plenty of companies that promise certification, but as stated above – all certifications are not created equal. When it comes to learning how to save a life, it may not be wise to chance it with lesser known and qualified courses.

4. Internet or classroom?

Some providers provide instruction via e-courses. While this is convenient, there should also be a hands-on component. In fact, many courses will require classroom time so participants can work with other students, perfect skills with hands-on instruction, and demonstrate mastery of skills to a qualified instructor.

5. To AED or not to AED

Automated external defibrillators (AED) are most often found in schools, gyms, and sports fields around the country, though their adoption is spreading. Many businesses are also investing in the technology.

As a result, many classes combine CPR instruction with AED instruction – and for good reason. An AED is an essential component in saving a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a condition in which the heart stops suddenly and unexpectedly. The electrodes on the machine determine the victim’s heart rhythm, and then provide prompts to deliver shocks that can reset it. The quick use of an AED saves lives, as every minute after the onset of an SCA results in a 10 percent lower chance of survival.

Although AEDs come with step-by-step instructions and can be used by untrained individuals, the height of a critical emergency is not the ideal time to start reading.

One Beat CPR is one beat away

One Beat CPR is an American Heart Association-authorized CPR provider. We offer a wide array of classes for healthcare professionals, students, and anyone with little or no medical training who wants to be prepared. In addition, we also provide recertification programs, as well as instruction in first aid, blood borne pathogens, advanced cardiac life support, and more.

For more information on One Beat CPR or to register for an American Heart Association-authorized CPR class, contact us toll free at 855.663.2328 or complete our convenient online form.

Risk Management and the Rewards of Corporate CPR and AED Training

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10,000 workplace cardiac arrests occur in the US each year

According to a new survey conducted by the American Heart Association (AHA), most U.S. workers are woefully unprepared to handle cardiac emergencies at work. The vast majority of American employees don’t yet have access to comprehensive CPR training, and 50% of those surveyed “could not locate not an automated external defibrillator (AED) at work.” These troubling statistics mean that many people, especially those who have a preexisting cardiac issue, are being put at undue medical risk.

Training can do more than potentially help your employees save lives; it can also boost company morale and make everyone feel safer at work. Classes are a group activity that fosters teamwork and camaraderie. In addition, mandating training could limit legal liability and protect your company’s bottom line, as the death of an employee or a visitor due to a lack of intervention could spur a lawsuit.

Corporate risk managers are just starting to embrace the benefits of CPR and AED training

Corporate CPR and AED training is an essential step in mitigating legal risk. Many customer-facing businesses, especially ones in the hospitality industry (such as hotels, country clubs, and restaurants) worry about personal injury lawsuits, and a prepared staff addresses one risk factor.

Despite this value, the industry has been slow to catch on to the benefits of CPR and other emergency medical training. According to the American Heart Association, 66% of hospitality workers could not even locate an AED in their workplace. In addition to clear risk-management benefits, corporate CPR and AED training may also be able to help companies save on their insurance policies – especially if a firm has a specific liability policy in addition to a general business insurance policy.

Despite a lack of widespread training, employee interest remains high

The American Heart Association reports that employee interest in learning CPR and other lifesaving medical skills is encouragingly enthusiastic. The AHA survey also found that “more than 90% of employees would take First Aid and CPR+AED training if employers offered it, and most (70%) believe training would make them feel better prepared for emergencies.”

While interest in learning the skills seems to be on the rise, the AHA states that most organizations only implement a CPR training program after a medical tragedy has occurred. But there’s no reason to wait for something terrible to happen before taking action. Being proactive boosts morale and could save your organization money – while saving a life.

To learn more about the wide array of benefits of corporate CPR and AED training, contact One Beat CPR today for a free consultation.

Congenital Heart Defects And Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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An under-appreciated killer goes under the microscope

For many Americans, congenital heart defects are a topic we tend to overlook. Even during American Heart Month (February), the focus is usually on lifestyle-related prevention of heart disease. In fact, it’s not until a news item appears – usually about a young person in fine health suddenly suffering a heart attack while playing sports – that it gets our attention.

While not a common occurrence, congenital heart defects are a critical reality for 1.3 million Americans. And greater awareness of them can often mean the difference between life and death.

What is a congenital heart defect?

In its simplest terms, a congenital heart defect is a structural problem within the heart that’s present since birth. According to the American Heart Association, the damage, which can range from simple to severe, occurs shortly after conception, usually before a woman even realizes she’s pregnant.

Out of 1,000 births, it’s estimated that eight will have some type (there are more than 40 known varieties) of congenital heart disorder. Most of these cases are mild, and early diagnosis and treatment are necessary. Early indicators, usually identified within the first few months after birth, include:

  • Blue complexion to the skin;
  • Very low blood pressure;
  • Breathing problems;
  • Feeding issues; and
  • Poor weight gain.

Some conditions, however, cannot be diagnosed until children are older, and some patients may not even be aware of their condition until adulthood. Therein lies the issue of sudden cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest vs. heart attack

While many people use the two terms interchangeably, there is a very real difference between the two.

Most heart attacks occur when a blood clot caused by a build-up of arterial plaques blocks a coronary artery, which can lead to the damage or death of the heart muscle fed by that particular artery. In most cases, victims will experience chest discomfort and other warning signs leading up to and during the event. They will also often remain conscious.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), on the other hand – which a heart attack may lead to – is often abrupt and unexpected, especially when a congenital heart defect is the cause. The heartbeat stops due to an electrical abnormality. As a result, blood stops flowing to the brain and the person collapses. Without immediate treatment, the result is death.

The role of CPR and AEDs

Greater awareness of congenital heart defects and other issues that lead to sudden SCA are an alarm for more CPR training and the availability and use of AEDs. Because SCAs are so immediate, there is a need to respond quickly:

  • Call 911 to alert medical personnel to respond to the emergency
  • If an AED is not available, perform CPR until an AED arrives; If one is available, skip to the next step
  • Use the AED to analyze the victim’s heart rhythm and to provide a shock if necessary, then move to CPR while following any prompts from the AED
  • Advanced care will begin with the arrival of medical personnel and transport to the hospital.

In an analysis of a North Carolina initiative to promote CPR training for family members and bystanders, the American College of Cardiology report a marked improvement in survival rates after the statewide program “trained family members and bystanders to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest, quickly call emergency responders, and use CPR or automated external defibrillators (AEDs).”

From the moment of the event to discharge from the hospital:

  • For SCAs in the home (family member training), the survival rate rose from 5.7% to 8.1%.
  • For SCAs in a public location (bystander training), the survival rate increased from 10.8% to 16.8%.

Similar improvements were also found in the number of patients with minor losses in brain function and full improvement. Despite the positive results of the educational initiative, the authors of the study saw opportunity for improvement:

“The authors explain that these results are encouraging, but due to the low absolute survival rates, there is still room for improvement. They suggest that future research in this area include interventions such as deploying AEDs into more private homes when cardiac arrests occur and using mobile technology to notify nearby citizens trained in CPR who can initiate care quickly.”

What One Beat CPR can do for you

Congenital heart defects that lead to SCAs are a sudden and underappreciated killer, but one that can be mitigated with greater access to AEDs and widespread lifesaving training. It’s our mission to change these statistics.

In addition to defibrillator sales and maintenance, One Beat CPR provides CPR and AED training for caregivers, family members, medical personnel, and anyone who wants to be prepared to save a life. Successful completion of the course is valid for two years.

For more information or for a free consultation, contact us at 855.663.2328 or complete our convenient online form.

What Professions Require CPR Certification?

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5 industries and jobs that need CPR training

In most cases, if a job puts people in danger and lives are more likely to be on the line, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification and/or AED training is a requirement.

But it’s not simply dangerous workplaces that have a responsibility to care for employees: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards state 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,” regardless of proximity to a health care facility.

And the rewards of having CPR-trained employees go beyond saving lives — they can reduce potential liability and give employees the confidence to react in an emergency. However, for some jobs it isn’t simply a recommendation, it’s a requirement. Let’s look at a few of them.

Careers with CPR/AED requirements

While these careers might not be the first to pop into your mind as requiring CPR certification, you’ll probably be glad to know they do:

  1. Childcare.  Whether it be at a facility or at-home childcare, providers are required to know infant and child CPR. This mandate extends to foster homes, camps, and juvenile offender facilities — and it’s probably a good idea to include your friendly neighborhood babysitter on that list as well.
  2. Corrections. Aside from the normal medical issues that can emerge on a daily basis, prisons and jails can create their own life threatening situations. A staff trained in CPR dramatically reduces the risk of death for both inmates and corrections officers.
  3. School coaches. Like all leaders, the best coaches know how to make us realize our true potential — and that almost always means pushing yourself to the limits. Some athletes ignore those limits, and they’re not always aware of congenital conditions that might turn a great training session into a life-threatening moment.
  4. Construction workers.  Who hasn’t driven by a construction site at one point or another and thought, “That looks kind of dangerous”? Proper resuscitation practices while waiting for an ambulance to arrive on the job site can be pivotal in saving lives.
  5. Flight attendant.  While there might be a chance of a doctor being on a flight, airlines are smart enough not to take that bet. Flight attendants can do a lot more than demonstrate proper oxygen mask usage and bring you cocktails — they just might save your life.

How to get CPR certified

These professions are just a sampling of those that require CPR/AED training. Among others are the broad spectrum of healthcare professionals, members of law enforcement, lifeguards, and public school teachers. In fact, Florida was the first state to mandate that all public schools with an athletics program have AEDs on site.

Ideally, many more people should be CPR and AED certified — everyone should have the training. Regulations and industries vary, and the expert staff at One Beat CPR can help determine the right approach based on industry, job, and location. Contact us today to learn more or to get certified.

CPR Training and AEDs Can Save Lives in the Gym

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CPR training and AEDs also protect gyms and athletic organizations from liability, and defibrillators are required by law in 15 states and DC.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), up to 70% of Americans do not know how to properly respond to a situation in which a family member or nearby individual suffers a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) – either due to a complete lack of CPR training, or their inability to recall the training they previously received. While this statistic is concerning enough for the average American, it’s even more alarming for those who manage or own gyms and athletic training facilities.

While the exertion of working out isn’t likely to trigger a cardiac event itself, it could potentiate arrest in individuals with preexisting heart problems. That could leave gym owners, managers, coaches, and athletic associations to be seen as liable for injuries and deaths individuals might sustain on the premises – if the organization did not take proactive steps to train employees in CPR and ensure that an AED is accessible and nearby.

Numerous lives saved in gyms due to CPR training and AED accessibility reinforce the value of investing in gym safety

Statistics and potential legal liability certainly aren’t the only reason gyms should invest in CPR training and AEDs: plenty of stories illustrate the human impact of the decision. This January, a woman performed lifesaving CPR to a fellow member of a Toronto-area gym after employees failed to do so. According to CBC news, Alex Jade, a 29-year old actress, both performed CPR and used an AED to revive Jarosław Zabrzycki, 51, a fellow Toronto resident who was engaging in a late night workout when he collapsed onto the floor.

In a similar story, a Pawtucket, Rhode Island police officer revived a fellow gym member who collapsed during an early workout at a local gym. According to a local newspaper, Detective Sgt. Christopher Lefort directed gym employees to call 911 while he performed lifesaving CPR on the patient. Likewise, this April, a man in Portland, Maine also performed lifesaving CPR on a stranger who had collapsed at a local gym. Celebrity fitness trainer Bob Harper says an AED – an automatic external defibrillator – helped save his life when he suffered a heart attack at his gym.

These stories, all occurring within the last year, point to the same conclusion: CPR and AEDs save lives. But unfortunately, in most of these cases, it wasn’t a gym employee who helped – it was a fellow member. Many gym employees were not properly trained or, though trained, the employees failed to intervene.

Unfortunately, that lack of action can be costly – ethically and financially. In one case, the family of a Southern California man who died after experiencing a heart attack in a local gym attempted to sue the health club he attended for damages. The family of Marc Palotay, 65, a senior vice president at NBC Universal, filed a 2015 lawsuit against Studio City Fitness Gym. The family eventually agreed to a settlement, but the incident highlights the potential risk of failing to protect members from cardiac events.

CPR and AED training is a tiny investment relative to SCA risk

With nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital SCAs occurring each year in the United States, sudden cardiac arrests aren’t an unlikely occurrence. Worse, many SCA victims have no known heart issues, diseases, or other risk factors. Combined with the fact that bystander CPR can double or even triple an SCA victim’s chances for survival, it’s a no-brainer to make sure that there’s always one or more staff members with up-to-date CPR training (and an AED on hand) whenever individuals are using a gym or other athletic facility.

Protecting members and athletes from sudden cardiac arrest isn’t just a good ethical policy – depending on your state’s laws, it could be your legal responsibility. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia now mandate the presence of an AED on premises in gyms. Currently Florida does not, but two other states recommend having the technology and others are likely to follow with legislation. In addition, making sure your employees are CPR and AED trained improves customer service, enhances your organization’s reputation, and avoids needless liability, all while potentially saving lives.

To learn more about how to protect your business or organization with CPR training and AEDs, contact One Beat CPR today for a free consultation.

The Compelling Lifesaving Statistics of AEDs

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Use of an Automated External Defibrillator can increase the cardiac arrest survival rate by a staggering 70%

Every 1.7 minutes, someone in America suffers Sudden Cardiac Arrest, otherwise known as SCA. If not treated, SCA can easily be fatal and it often is – more than a third of a million Americans die each year from sudden cardiac arrest. Perhaps more concerning is the fact that most of these incidents are fatal– and experts say that survival rates consistently hover at or below 10%.

However, when it comes to SCA, it’s not all doom and gloom. Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, have been helping both first responders and ordinary individuals safely resuscitate SCA victims and save lives without complex medical training. AEDs work by producing a small electrical charge that can reset a patient’s heart to its correct rhythm.

While easy-to-use portable defibrillators are only a few decades old, AEDs are so effective at saving lives that they’re estimated to increase SCA survival rates by a staggering 70%. Despite these statistics, many areas of the U.S. simply don’t have enough AEDs to go around. Experts estimate that an increase in AEDs to optimal levels could save more than 40,000 American lives each year – and that’s just one reason why it’s essential for more people to learn about and have access to this lifesaving device.

Communities with comprehensive AED training programs see a 40% increase in cardiac arrest survival rates

Experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest can be terrifying for a patient and their family – and the fact is, even the fastest first responders often take 8-12 minutes to reach a victim. An AED drastically improves the odds of survival. However, to be effective, an AED needs to be sufficiently close to an SCA victim, and that’s one of the reasons why community-based training programs have been so effective at helping resuscitate cardiac arrest victims across the country. AED programs may be even more important in rural areas, in which victims may suffer an SCA a hundred miles or more from the nearest major hospital. In that case, it could take an hour or more for first responders to arrive – a virtual death sentence if nearby individuals do not have easy access to an AED.

Where AEDs are located in the United States

As many people would expect, the vast majority of AEDs (59%) in the U.S. are currently owned by first responders such as a policemen, firefighters, and EMTs. The next largest group of AED owners are schools (17%), followed by faith-based and recreational organizations, nursing homes and senior centers, and hospitals, clinics, and other medical centers. It’s a good idea to know the general places in which the equipment is most likely to be located, so, in case of emergency, you have a better shot at finding (or helping others to find) a nearby AED. In addition, if you or a loved one has a close family member with a heart condition, you may want to inquire about where the closest AED is, especially if traveling to remote or rural areas.

More AEDs in public places can save lives

In the first 10 months after Chicago’s O’Hare Airport installed 49 AEDs on the premises, the devices were used 14 times, saving a total of nine lives – nearly 1 each month (and that’s only one airport). When it comes to helping an SCA victim, every second counts. According to statistics published by the American Heart Association, every additional minute AED use is delayed corresponds with a 10% reduction in patient survival rates. This means that in especially large areas or buildings, such as airports like O’Hare, it pays to have multiple AEDs located in different areas in order to facilitate easy access to the devices.

Despite their substantial benefits, 64% of Americans have never even seen an AED

While AEDs save an increasing number of lives each year, many Americans don’t even understand what they are. This widespread lack of knowledge means that individuals may not be able to get full use of the life-saving equipment present in their community. Additionally, a lack of understanding means that many Americans are less likely to push for more AEDs in their schools, religious and community centers, and other public areas.

While the number of AEDs is increasing, especially in places like college and university campuses, it’s not increasing fast enough to help many SCA victims. However, increased education and awareness may be able to help. And hopefully, this awareness will help make death from an SCA into an uncommon occurrence.

To learn more about how AEDs (and proper training in their usage) can help save lives in businesses, schools, and other public places, contact One Beat CPR for a free consultation.

Change the Stats this Summer: Florida Ranks Highest in the Nation in Drowning Deaths for Young Children

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With the right precautions and training, drowning is completely preventable

Summer is here, which probably means that your children are looking for things to do. And in Florida, that often means water, whether it’s a dip in the pool or a trip to the Gulf, a lake, or the ocean.

While water activities are an essential part of growing up in Florida, they can quickly become deadly, as numerous grieving parents can attest. Our state has the unfortunate distinction of having the most drowning deaths in the U.S. for children four and under, and drowning is the leading cause of injury death among this age group. Florida is ranked second in the nation for drowning deaths among children one to 14. According to statistics from the Florida Department of Children and Families, 84 kids drowned in Florida in 2015.

Most troubling is the fact that the majority of those under the age of five drown in backyard pools with an adult close by – but not watching – the child. Among children ages five to nine, the greatest source of risk is a tie between the bathtub and swimming in an open body of water, where currents, distance, and fatigue can threaten even children who know how to swim. No matter the setting, adults can too easily get distracted, said SwimLife founder Kelly Whittemore, who teaches children to swim in Sanford.

“A child can drown in the seconds it takes to return a text message,” Whittemore said.

Another issue is that often a child in distress will go unnoticed because of how quietly an emergency can happen.

“Hollywood has done us all a big disservice,” Whittemore continued. “They’ve made it look like there’s lots of splashing and noise involved. In reality, a child can slip in without a splash and there’s no noise. That’s how quickly and silently it happens.”

How to keep the kids safe this summer

No matter where you are, if there is water nearby, you have to be vigilant. Here are some important tips to follow:

  1. Always have an adult watching at all times without electronic devices, alcohol, or any other things that can cause distraction.
  2. Be sure everyone knows how to swim – lessons are important – and use life jackets and inflatable floaties if necessary.
  3. Keep pool fences and gates closed and latched when the pool isn’t being used; even if your kids are familiar with the pool safety rules, that doesn’t mean your neighbors’ kids are.
  4. Make sure at least one person – preferably the adult doing the supervising – knows basic life-saving techniques like CPR and, ideally, the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

If your kids or children you are responsible for will be doing a lot of swimming this summer, you need to do everything you can to keep them safe. And if you have never learned CPR or maybe it’s been a few years, One Beat CPR can help by teaching you how to respond in an emergency.

We offer an assortment of classes on CPR, first aid, how to use an AED, and more. We also have pediatric advanced life support certifications and recertifications for healthcare providers that are specifically designed to improve the response to and management of pediatric emergencies. All of our classes are taught by professionals and many of them can be conducted in your own home, business, or other facility.

For any questions or to learn more about what we offer, call us at 954-321-5305 or send us a message through our online contact form.

June is the Perfect Time to Raise Awareness of CPR

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If more people knew CPR, thousands of lives could be saved each year

Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the U.S.? More than 350,000 people die each year from SCA, which is almost 960 individuals every single day. Another sobering statistic: The survival rate for people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital and are treated by Emergency Medical Services is only about 10 percent.

The good news? When CPR is performed immediately and an AED is available, the chances of survival can double or even triple. CPR and AED training is vital. This is especially good to remember now, as the first week of June is designated as CPR Awareness Week. Here’s a great example of what CPR can do:

Last August, Manhattan financial executive Jeffrey Feig was on vacation when he went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing. Immediately, people took action. While one person called an ambulance, another started chest compressions. A third person began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and a fourth grabbed an AED and used it to get his heart back to a normal rhythm. Thanks to these trained individuals, Feig not only survived, but he didn’t suffer any lasting heart or brain damage.

While remarkable, this story isn’t entirely uncommon. Many lives have been saved due to quick thinking and CPR/AED training. So why don’t more people get trained or take action when someone needs help? There are many myths surrounding SCA, including:

  • It’s better to wait for medical professionals to arrive

Every second is critical when some is in cardiac arrest. For each minute that someone doesn’t get CPR or defibrillation, their chances of survival go down by 7 to 10 percent.

  • Elderly people are the only ones affected

The truth is that sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone and, in fact, over 7,000 instances every year affect youths under age 18. And remember Jeffrey Feig? He was only 50.

  • Only people with a history of heart problems can suffer from SCA

In many cases, someone may not know they have a heart problem until they go into cardiac arrest.

  • Untrained people can’t operate an AED

AEDs are now fairly easy to use, with clear directions that are simple to follow. Untrained users can and do save lives. That said, training should be encouraged to ensure their proper use.

  • An AED will hurt someone by shocking them

If someone is in cardiac arrest, this means that they are clinically dead, so a shock won’t hurt them. AEDs are safe when used properly, and the shocks are designed to get the heart beating as it should.

More good news: Recognizing how important CPR is, many people are now deciding to take classes or refresher courses. In fact, just two weeks before Jeffrey Feig went into cardiac arrest, the place where he was staying had conducted a class so people could learn CPR.

Feel like it’s time you finally learned CPR, or simply want to brush up on your knowledge? You can schedule training with One Beat CPR right now. We offer an assortment of classes that cover all life-saving tactics, including CPR, AEDs, first aid, and advanced cardiac life support. Taught by paramedics, police officers, and firefighters, this training can take place in your home or business.

If you are ever in a situation where you would need to administer CPR to a friend, co-worker, or even a stranger, you will be glad you know what to do. And if you’re the one in distress, you’ll be grateful that someone nearby got the right training. For more information about One Beat CPR and what we can do for you, can send us a message through our online contact form.