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Article by Anastasia Wilson Lee

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At Angels Breath CPR Training our instructors have over 15 years experience in providing health care. Our lead instructor is a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic (EMT-P) and also a Registered Nurse-BSN, with Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit training. Other certifications include Emergency Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) and Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC).

 

‘Dry drowning’ claims 10-year-old’s life

The tragic death of a South Carolina 10-year-old more than an hour after he had gone swimming has focused a spotlight on the little-known phenomenon called “dry drowning” — and warning signs that every parent should be aware of.
“I’ve never known a child could walk around, talk, speak and their lungs be filled with water,” Cassandra Jackson told NBC News in a story broadcast.
 Jackson had taken her son, Johnny, to a pool near their home in Goose Creek, S.C. It was the first time he’d ever gone swimming — and, tragically, it would be his last.
At some point during his swim, Johnny got some water in his lungs. He didn’t show any immediate signs of respiratory distress, but the boy had an accident in the pool and soiled himself. Still, Johnny, his sister and their mother walked home together.
“We physically walked home. He walked with me,” Jackson said, still trying to understand how her son could have died. “I bathed him, and he told me that he was sleepy.”
Spongy material 
Later, she went into his room to check on him. “I walked over to the bed, and his face was literally covered with this spongy white material,” she said. “And I screamed.”
A family friend, Christine Meekins, was visiting and went to see what was wrong. “I pulled his arm and said, ‘Johnny! Johnny!’ ” Meekins told NBC. “There was no response. I opened one of his eyes and I just knew inside my heart that it was something really bad.”
Johnny was rushed to a local hospital, but it was too late. Johnny had drowned, long after he got out of the swimming pool.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an average of 3600 people […]

CPR Statistics

CPR & Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
Fact Sheet

Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 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. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.
The American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only® CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at heart.org/cpr. Once you have learned CPR, give 5 people you care about the power to save lives by equipping them to act quickly in a crisis.
Don’t be afraid; your actions can only help. If you see an unresponsive adult who is not breathing or not breathing normally, call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest.
WHY LEARN CPR?
Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time.

Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home.

Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.

Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack.

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.

A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.

WHO CAN YOU SAVE WITH CPR?
The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be a loved one.

Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home.

Statistically speaking, if […]

History of CPR

Highlights of the History of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

1740
   The Paris Academy of Sciences officially recommended mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for drowning victims.
1767   The Society for the Recovery of Drowned Persons became the first organized effort to deal with sudden and unexpected death.
1891   Dr. Friedrich Maass performed the first equivocally documented chest compression in humans.
1900’s
1903   Dr. George Crile reported the first successful use of external chest compressions in human resuscitation.
1904   The first American case of closed-chest cardiac massage was performed by Dr. George Crile.
1954   James Elam was the first to prove that expired air was sufficient to maintain adequate oxygenation.
1956   Peter Safar and James Elam invented mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
1957   The United States military adopted the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation method to revive unresponsive victims.
1960   Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was developed. The American Heart Association started a program to acquaint physicians with close-chest cardiac resuscitation and became the forerunner of CPR training for the general public.
1963   Cardiologist Leonard Scherlis started the American Heart Association’s CPR Committee, and the same year, the American Heart Association formally endorsed CPR.
1966   The National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences convened an ad hoc conference on cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  The conference was the direct result of requests from the American National Red Cross and other agencies to establish standardized training and performance standards for CPR.1972   Leonard Cobb held the world’s first mass citizen training in CPR in Seattle, Washington called Medic 2.  He helped train over 100,000 people the first two years of the programs.

1973 Second National Conference on CPR and ECC.
1979 Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is developed after discussions held at the Third National Conference on CPR.
1981 A program to provide telephone instructions in CPR began in King County, Washington.  The program used emergency dispatchers to give […]

Chain of Survival

The term Chain of Survival provides a useful metaphor for the elements of the ECC systems concept.
The 5 links in the adult Chain of Survival are
• Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system
• Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions
• Rapid defibrillation

• Effective advanced life support

• Integrated post-cardiac arrest care

A strong Chain of Survival can improve chances of survival and recovery for victims of heart attack, stroke and other emergencies.
(ECC- Emergency Cardiovascular Care)
American Heart Association

About Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

CPR has origins dating back to the 1700’s. In 1741, The Paris Academy of Sciences officially recommended mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for drowning victims. More than 100 years later in 1891, Dr. Friedrich Maass performed the first equivocally documented chest compression in humans. In 1960, a group of resuscitation pioneers, Drs Peter Safar, James Jude, and William Bennett Kouwenhoven, combined mouth-to-mouth breathing with chest compressions to create Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, the lifesaving action we now call “CPR.”
In the 1960s, with the formal endorsement of CPR and the start of a program to acquaint physicians with closed-chest cardiac resuscitation, the American Heart Association became the forerunner of CPR training for the general public. Today, through its global Training Network of close to 300,000 Instructors and more than 3500 authorized Training Centers, the AHA trains more than 12 million people annually in CPR, first aid and advanced cardiovascular life support.
Throughout the years, CPR has evolved from a technique performed almost exclusively by physicians and healthcare professionals. Today it’s a lifesaving skill that is simple enough for anyone to learn. However, research has shown that several factors prevent bystanders from taking action, including fear that they will perform CPR incorrectly, fear of legal liability, and fear of infection from performing mouth-to-mouth.
Recommendations outlined in the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care) continue to simplify CPR for rescuers, so that more people can and will act in the event of an emergency. However, to get CPR and first aid training into the hands of every person, from healthcare providers to bystanders, the way that the AHA delivers training and information also has evolved.
Through scientific research, the AHA has been able not only to create specialized training for professionals, […]

Can You Get In Trouble for Performing CPR?

Article courtesy of Slate News By: Molly Colin

Why do so many bystanders refuse to help someone having a heart attack?

This week, an emergency dispatcher in Bakersfield, Calif., frantically urged a caller to administer CPR to an 87-year-old female nursing home resident who wasn’t breathing. The caller, who identified herself as a nurse at the home, refused, citing the facility’s protocol against staff administering CPR. By the time emergency responders arrived, the resident had no pulse, and she died at a nearby hospital. The incident has prompted California law enforcement and the media to examine the legal and ethical implications of the nursing home’s policies. It also raises the question: Can you get in trouble for performing life-saving acts? And are you in hot water if you don’t help?

It depends on the state and country you are in. There is no one federal law governing the issue. Under the 2000 Federal Cardiac Arrest Survival Act, Congress gave immunity from civil damages to people administering CPR or an automatic external defibrillator, with exceptions in cases of gross negligence or willful misconduct. All states have Good Samaritan laws that grant some immunity protection for those performing CPR and an AED (again with restrictions) but they vary. Minnesota and Vermont require bystanders at an emergency to provide reasonable assistance, such as calling 911. Not assisting in Minnesota can land you a petty misdemeanor, and in Vermont a fine of up to $100. California, Nevada, and a few other states have contemplated amending their Good Samaritan laws to include a duty to assist. In some European countries and elsewhere, failing to help someone in need is a criminal offense.

A bystander providing CPR immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, […]

In cardiac arrest, think ‘Stayin’ Alive’

Debra and Christopher Bader revisit the spot in the woods where Christopher collapsed after going into cardiac arrest. Debra saved him with compression-only CPR done to the beat of the disco tune “Stayin’ Alive.”
In cardiac arrest, think ‘Stayin’ Alive’

By Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent

This Empowered Patient column originally was published on July 2, 2009.

(CNN) — Debra Bader was taking a walk in the woods with her 53-year-old husband one morning when suddenly he collapsed. At first she thought the situation was hopeless.

“I looked at him and said, ‘He’s dead,’ because he wasn’t moving or making any sounds at all,” Bader remembers. “But I pulled the cell phone out of his pocket and called 911, and then a public service announcement I’d heard on the radio popped into my head.”

The one-minute PSA from the American Heart Association instructed listeners, in the event of cardiac arrest, to perform chest compressions very hard to the beat of the 1970s Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive.” When someone suffers cardiac arrest, as pop singerMichael Jackson did last week, the heart stops functioning completely, and brain death begins within four to six minutes if the victim doesn’t receive help.

“I sang the song and gave directions to the EMTs at the same time. It was like, ‘Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive — take a right here, take a left here — Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive — take this path down here — Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive,’ ” Bader remembers.

For 15 minutes Bader, who had never taken a CPR class, pumped her husband’s chest until the ambulance arrived and the EMTs delivered a shock to his heart with a defibrillator. Christopher Bader survived, but 95 percent of people who go into cardiac arrest die before they get […]