At some point in your lifetime, you will need to use first aid- whether it’s for a clumsy child who has cut themselves while playing, or for an elderly parent who has fallen and can’t get up. But do you know what to do when faced with a medical emergency, or how to recognize when the situation can’t be solved with aspirin and a Band-Aid? Read on to learn how to recognize a life-threatening situation, and what to do if you encounter one.
Unlike the in winter seasons, everyone warms up to the chilly autumn and warm springs. Many of us want to maximize their outdoor experience before the cold season sets in and hence the hype for hikes and walking trails. It is common to find some hunting the major parks with their dogs hence increasing the risk of bites to the public. While dogs remain the best friends to human beings, they are animals that can bite. In America, dog bites stand at 4.5 million annually with half of the victims being children aged between 5-9 years. Unlike adults, children are likely to succumb to these injuries and hence the reason 20% of the bites requires medical attention.
It is hard to predict the possibility of a dog bite; it is even harder to know when a dog is about to bite. Some dogs will only bark after the bite, while some might show some aggression before the occurrence. Nevertheless, the speed at which they execute remains a mystery to most victims, and some take a few minutes before they know what to do. When it happens far from the hospital, you need a trained first aider to take care of the injuries and hence control bleeding. Basic first aid training and certification is vital for people wishing to provide first aid in such instances.
Not all working stations are dangerous, but the law holds all employers responsible for their worker’s safety. Other than improving safety awareness on job-related hazards, the best way to meet the moral and legal obligation is by training employees on ways to provide first aid. It starts with selecting departmental representatives to take first aid training and perhaps increase the number when the need arises. In modern learning, workers need not attend convention training thanks to the online courses that facilitate first aid certification programs. However, is the training necessary? Let us delve into the reasons.
1. It saves lives during emergencies
The ultimate goal of first aid training is to save lives in an event of an accident. First aid certification gives the trained lot the confidence required to gets fast response when an injury, illness or an accident occurs. For instance, CPR training helps in resuscitating victims of heart attacks. It is hard to predict when such situations will happen and are most likely to occur in the absence of trained medical staff. With adequate training on your employees, you will probably reduce the fatalities in the workplace.
2. Lowers workplace incidents
While the training is aimed at saving lives, one cannot wish away the immense awareness it spreads across the workplace. The modules cover different ways that staff can avert the accidents, which goes a long way towards avoiding the injuries. They can spot site hazards and deal with them before the accidents. They understand the working environment, hence likely to raise issues quickly triggering preventive measures. It explains why most companies have adopted safety as the primary objective that workers need to meet.
How-to CPR posters are widely available. Everyone comes across them in public locations like restaurants and schools. A web-based image search returns thousands of results for home-made and commercially produced charts. Even though these posters are popular and easy to read, they are not an effective way to learn CPR. Printing a CPR poster does not prepare you to save a life when an unexpected emergency occurs.
There are many reasons why printing a CPR poster will not help save a life:
- Posters cover only the most basic details
- Retrieving an reviewing a poster takes time away from treating the victim
- Posters do not answer rescuer’s questions nor provide detailed explanations
- The poster may contain incorrect or out-of-date information
The United States Lifeguard Standards Coalition (USLSC) prepared a 2011 report that summarizes the skills necessary for certification and employment as a lifeguard in America. The report is based on field-leading research and multiple organizations’ past experiences training highly skilled lifeguards. The standards are fully endorsed by the YMCA of the USA, the American Red Cross, and the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA). The goal of a standardized set of training standards is to increase the lifeguard’s ability to prevent injuries and death and hold all certified lifeguards to the same standard.
The USLSC report presents the skills that are most vital to lifeguard training. Based on the research studies reviewed during its preparation, the authors are able to share traits of effective lifeguards and practices that promote safe environments and decreased drowning and near drowning incidents. Lifeguard certification providers need to cover these skills and strategies in depth to ensure that their students are fully prepared to act as lifeguards.
New CPR guidelines take the emphasis off of mouth to mouth breathing and put it on chest compressions. This change makes it possible to save more lives. The next step is widespread CPR education, bringing the knowledge and ability to perform CPR during an emergency into every home and workplace. Delays between the onset of cardiac arrest and beginning CPR lower the victim’s chance of survival.
Often times, up to 75% of the time actually, cardiac arrest victims do not respond to shock treatment. The underlying cause of the cardiac arrest prevents a shock from restarting the heart. In these cases, CPR compressions deliver oxygen to the brain and vital organs, preventing brain damage and death.
Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone. There are no warning signs or symptoms. Victims never know when it will happen, where it will happen, or who will be there to see it happen. Knowing what to do, when an arrest occurs, how to provide emergency care until an ambulance arrives, and the location of the closest AED can make the difference between life and death. Thus, widespread CPR/AED certification course can save many lives.
Many people have seen the signs and heard the slogan: “CPR Can Save Lives” But just how effective is Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also called CPR? What are the side effects? And, if someone is lucky enough to survive a cardiac arrest and is resuscitated, what does that mean for that person’s long term health?
Let’s look at some numbers. According to the most recent statistics provided by the American Heart Association, 88% of cardiac arrests happen at home, where there are no doctors or nurses, which is why it is so vitally important that everyone be skilled in providing CPR. The average bystander that is skilled in CPR can triple the chance that a victim survives a cardiac arrest, however the chances of receiving CPR from a non-professional in an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest situation is only approximately 32%. Furthermore, of those victims that receive CPR outside of a hospital, less than 8% survive. According to the National Institute of Health, in a hospital setting, approximately 15% of patients are resuscitated and survive to discharge, a number that has remained relatively stable over the past three decades. (more…)
CPR is short for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. It is a technique used to save a person’s life that has a sudden cardiac arrest. During this procedure, a person initiates a series of steps in order to help the victim’s blood continue circulating and maintain oxygen levels in the victim’s body. The steps include breathing (“rescue breaths”) into the victim’s lungs and compressing the victim’s chest. Let’s break this down even further to better understand CPR.
The word “cardio” basically means the heart. Our heart is one of the most important organs in our bodies. The heart is a very strong muscle, found in the chest, which expands and contracts more than 60 times every minute and pumps blood, which is rich in oxygen, from the lungs to the rest of the organs in the body. If the heart stops pumping that all-important oxygenated blood to the rest of the body, tissue begins to die because the body’s vital organs are being deprived of the oxygen it needs to survive. This can lead to organ malfunction, brain damage or, in the worst case, death.
The word “pulmonary” essentially means the lungs. The lungs are as important as the heart because when you take a breath (which you do up to 25 times a minute!), you fill your lungs with much needed oxygen and that oxygen combines with sugar to fuel your body and its vital organs. Since the tissues in our body do not store much oxygen, it is essential that they remain constantly oxygenated.
The “R” in CPR is the most important letter and it means “resuscitation.” It basically means bringing someone who is apparently “dead,” back to life. It sounds more like a sci-fi movie than it really is. The human body only has a short supply of oxygen once the heart stops and the lungs are no longer receiving adequate oxygen. Once it runs out of oxygen, cell and tissue damage ensue, which can lead to brain damage and even death. When resuscitating a victim, it is important to remember that without oxygen, cell and tissue death begins between four and six minutes after being deprived of oxygen.
But, when would you possibly need to perform this life-saving technique?
A situation in which oxygen may be prevented from reaching the lungs includes:
- Heart attack
- Electric shock
- Ventricular fibrillation (in which the heart’s rhythm goes awry)
Today, CPR learning is important for everyone including the non-healthcare professionals like teachers, coaches, personal trainers, daycare workers, babysitters, construction workers, etc. By knowing how to provide CPR, one can literally save a life! And, since over 80% of people will experience sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting, by providing CPR you can possibly restore up to 40% of the normal circulation that has stopped, giving your loved one, or a perfect stranger, a greater chance at survival.
Online CPR certification and re-certification is available through CPR Select’s convenient, flexible live classes. Go to http://www.mycprcertificationonline.com/ and sign up today so that you, too, can learn to save life of victim during the crucial time.
Seeing a child that has become unresponsive or stops breathing can be terrifying. And it can happen to you or a loved one. Most researchers believe that the most common place for your child to be injured is not where you think. It’s not on the football field. It’s not at school and it’s not in an automobile on a major highway. Research suggests that over 4 million childhood injuries that result in emergency room visits occur in the home every year.
Let’s take a look at some numbers about children and accidents due to choking and drowning:
- Over 10,000 children each year choke on their food and are taken to the local emergency room.
- Over 16 million children a year are hospitalized for accidental injuries, which include drowning and choking.
- In children under the age of 5, 90% of deaths occur from small foreign objects.
- In infants, the most common cause of choking is liquids.
- 19% of children under age 14 had choking-related injuries due to candy.
- 18% of children ages 1-4 had choking-related injuries due to coins.
- Drowning is the second-highest cause of accidental injury and death in children under age 14.
- Drowning occurs in the home more than 70% of the time and it occurs throughout the year.
- Drowning is NOT seasonal. It only takes one inch of water for a small child to drown.
Now let’s look at some important Child CPR Facts:
- If CPR is done correctly and performed early enough, it could save 100-200 thousand children annually.
- Taking 25 minutes out of your time could help you save a child’s life. According to recent research a person needs approximately 5 minutes training on using an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) and just 20 minutes training in CPR to be effective.
- More than 90 thousand people are saved every year, thanks to someone who took the time to learn CPR.
Any child who is accidentally injured in a choking or drowning accident needs CPR immediately. Given all the facts, it is vitally important that everyone who has or is around children be certified in Child CPR. Are you prepared to perform CPR on your child of any of these accidents should occur in your presence?
Remember, it only takes a few minutes of training to save a child’s life. You can help lower the staggering statistics above by learning how to perform Child CPR.
Everybody should learn how to perform Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), almost 70% of Americans don’t know how to do CPR if somebody is experiencing a cardiac emergency or people follow wrong techniques to perform CPR. According to a survey more than 75% of cardiac arrests occur at home where patients depend on the immediate respiratory care response of their family members. Thus, knowing the correct CPR process can help saving the life of loved ones.
Below are the crucial steps used while administering CPR on an adult:
- Ask the victim, “are you ok?” to check for consciousness. Try tapping on the shoulders to stimulate the victim. If the victim is truly not breathing and requires CPR, continue with the sequence.
- Position the victim laying flat on his back. Open or remove the victim’s shirt to provide access to the chest. Kneel next to the victim and position the hands on the victim’s chest.
- The heel of one palm should be placed on the center of the chest, in line with the victim’s nipples. Place the heel of the other hand on top of the first and interlock fingers.
- The fingers should point towards the victim’s nipples, with the long axis of the hand parallel to the ribs. This reduces the chance of rib fractures.
- Compression are delivered with the heel of the palm. Fingers should not make contact with the chest during compression. It may be necessary to extend or curl the fingers under to achieve this position.
- The rescuer should keep his elbows straight, shoulders over the hands, and lean over the victim. This creates a posture that allows hard and fast compression to be delivered.
- When administering compression to a small child, only one hand may be needed.
- Begin with 30 chest compression at a rate of at least 100 compression per minute. Allow the chest to completely recoil between compression. Press on the center of the chest. It may be helpful to count the compression out loud as they are administered to keep track of progress.
- For adult victims, the compression should be two inches deep.
- For child victims, the compressions should be 1/3 the chest diameter, or about two inches deep.
Following the cycle of 30 compression, administer two ventilation:
- Open the victim’s airway by tilting the head back and lifting the jaw. This lifts the victim’s tongue from the back of the throat, allowing air to pass into the lungs.
- Look into the victim’s mouth and remove any visible obstructions.
- Position the fact shield or other protective device if one is available.
- Pinch the victim’s nostrils closed to prevent air from escaping.
- The rescuer should take a deep breath and position his mouth around the victim’s mouth. The rescuer uses his lips to form a seal around the victim’s mouth to prevent air from escaping.
- Blow into the victim’s mouth until his chest rises. This takes about two seconds.
- Allow the victim’s chest to fall, about four seconds.
- Blow into the victim’s mouth a second time, forming the second ventilation of the cycle.
- The entire ventilation sequence should take less than 10 seconds.
- Alternate between 30 compressions and 2 breaths. If multiple rescuers are present, take turns administering compressions to prevent fatigue, switching every two minutes.
- Administer the AED as soon as it is available. Repeat AED use after five cycles of CPR.
If the victim’s chest does not rise during ventilations:
- Check the head position to ensure the airway is open. It may be necessary to tilt the head father back.
- Check for foreign material inside the mouth.
- Ensure that the nostrils are completely closed and that there is a tight seal around the victim’s mouth.
Alternative forms of respiration:
- If the victim has a stoma, or opening in the front of the neck used for breathing following a larynx removal, the rescuer needs to breathe into this opening instead of the mouth. It may still be necessary to hold the mouth and nostrils closed.
- If severe mouth injuries are present, preventing a tight seal from being formed around the victim’s mouth, the rescuer can breathe into the victim’s nose. Hold the mouth closed while you blow into the nose. Open the mouth to let the air out.
The more people available for these steps, the better. However, if someone is alone he/she should call 911 for emergency medical services before starting CPR treatment.
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