Elements of Successful CPR
In honor of National CPR and AED Awareness Week, today we are bringing awareness to how lives can be saved with more Americans knowing CPR and how to use an AED. According to the American Heart Association, 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes! Not only is this skill important to know in the health care setting, it is important to help save the life of a loved one.
Despite our advances in healthcare, sudden cardiac arrest is still a leading cause of death in the United States. Cardiac arrest can happen anywhere - on the street, in your home, or in your medical practice.
Being trained on and performing high quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for victims of all ages can save the life of a loved one, or someone else’s loved one. Only about 46% of people who experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help they need. Providing high quality CPR in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
Important Elements of Successful CPR
Initial Support Hospitals have trained provider response teams to respond to a cardiac arrest, while in the community lay people and EMS providers are relied upon for a response. In either situation, we must rely on those around us for support.
Available Resources Most hospitals have multidisciplinary teams with immediate access to critical resources such as additional personnel or life-saving equipment. In the community, a lay person may have access to an AED, or may find themselves with no resources until an EMS team arrives.
Resuscitation Teams & Constraints Resuscitation efforts depend on the interaction of various team members or communication among strangers. This can be constrained when there are no other individuals qualified or available to assist. There can also be environmental challenges such as crowds or weather conditions.
As you may have already caught on, teamwork is critical for successful CPR. No matter the setting that CPR is provided, an important component is teamwork, even if that means working as a team with complete strangers.
I hope this has been a good reminder for you or it motivates you and your staff to become CPR certified. The need for life-saving CPR can happen to anyone, anywhere, including in your office.
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