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The American Heart Association Reveals The Most Common CPR mistakes.


Date: July 26th, 2019

CPR common mistakes: What Blunders Are You Likely to Make When Performing CPR?

The human brain can only stay without oxygen for 4-6 minutes after which the victim may experience irreversible brain damage and ultimately, death.

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is a rescue procedure that is carried out on victims of cardiac arrests and other injuries to save their lives.

 In essence, it involves slowing down the rate of brain damage by triggering the flow of blood into the brain and body.

CPR helps to revive victims whose hearts have failed and who are not breathing.

It ensures that the victim has enough oxygen supply in the brain and other critical body organs.

When administered early and accurately, it can add significant time for a victim’s life as you wait for medical personnel to arrive at the scene. In contrast CPR common mistakes may increase risks.

Cardiac arrest happens when the heart fails to beat caused by the irregularity of electrical impulses in the heart; a process known as arrhythmia.

Arrhythmia is a malfunction in the heart’s capability to beat in a regular pattern. When this happens, the heart shuts down, and blood fails to reach vital organs of the body, thus causing organ failure.

Annually, about 10,000 cases of cardiac arrest are reported to occur at places of work. 92% of them die before they arrive in a hospital according to the American Heart Association.

Everything Bystanders Should Remember When Administering CPR to Adults.


Date: July 23rd, 2019

Administering CPR to Adults? Here’s What You Should Know

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. When you notice that an individual is not breathing, CPR steps (chest compressions and mouth to mouth rescue breaths) could come in handy in restoring the circulation of blood and oxygen in the victim’s body.

If an AED is available, it could be used to restart a heart that has an abnormal rhythm.

It is vital that you check the airway to confirm breathing before administering CPR to adults. If he/she is breathing, call for help before proceeding with resuscitation.

CPR training saves lives often, especially in places where medics would take a bit longer to come to a victim’s rescue.

While training classes are an excellent way people gain knowledge of cardiac arrests and carrying out CPR, an unskilled person can also be valuable in the survival of the victim.

A Bystander’s Guide to Telling When Victims Need CPR


Date: July 19th, 2019

Bystander CPR Instructions: When Should You Administer CPR?

What happens if you are walking down the road and spot someone bending or lying on the grass. How do you determine if the person needs CPR or not?

Well, here’s one of the Bystander CPR Instructions to remember; knowing how to execute it is one thing; doing it is another.

Often, people fear using their CPR skills on individuals who may not need it.

Under many circumstances, the person who comes to the rescue of the victim often has no clue whether the victim is suffering from cardiac arrest as per the signs and symptoms that they have acquired in training.

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Facts and Statistics


Date: July 16th, 2019

What Are Some CPR Statistics and Facts?

In America alone, sudden cardiac arrest results in the death of more than 900 adults. Out of 550000 people who have coronary heart disease, 335000 die each year due to complications from the condition or lack of proper treatment/earlier detection and treatment.

According to CPR statistics by the America Heart Association, 95% of people who experience sudden cardiac arrest die before arriving at a health facility. Among all these victims, we only have 6% surviving.

However, it is possible to increase the CPR survival rates of patients by receiving CPR trained and guidance on how to handle people with SCA.

More than 80% of the cases of cardiac arrest happen at home or in a private setting. Therefore, gaining training and information on the general procedures on how to carry out CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) will help increase the chances of survival for the victim, and save lives.

A Spotlight on Heads-up CPR: Is this Procedure Ready to Apply for Out-of-clinic Human Cardiac Arrest Care.


Date: July 12th, 2019

Heads up CPR Study: Can It Serve as a Standard Emergency procedure for Human Cardiac Arrest?

Heads-up Animal-tested CPR is Not Ready for Out-of-clinic Human Cardiac Arrest Care. Find Out Why!

Medical leaders will need to conduct further heads up CPR study before adopting this new resuscitation technique that has been tested on animals.

While we have cases where medics and emergency safety providers may need to use some application of the of a heads-up CPR method, moderation and care must prevail because the idea of heads-up CPR is based entirely on animal studies.

There are no conclusive findings for the best way to implement this practice in an outside-the-clinic environment.

Why Bystander CPR Rates for Women Remain Low


Date: July 9th, 2019

Why Bystander CPR Rates for Women Remain Low

Several stats agree that women are less likely to receive CPR from bystanders that men; the question is why?

According to a Resuscitation symposium by the American Heart Association’s, these low bystander CPR rates are due to concerns of inappropriate contact or the fear of causing injury even in “virtual” females during training.

Cardiac arrest is the abrupt malfunction of the heart’s electrical system, most times without any previous symptoms.

America records a very high number – 350,000 – of out-of-hospital of cardiac arrests every year. And though the rates of survival are below 12 percent, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation can double or triple a patient’s survival chances.

In the past, studies have indicated that females who suffer cardiac arrest outside medical facilities receive CPR less often than males, said Sarah M. Perman, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at the Denver-based University of Colorado School of Medicine and primary author on the study.

Hands-only CPR Increases the Chances of Surviving out-of-hospital Cardiac Attacks.


Date: July 5th, 2019

Hands-Only CPR facts: Is Bystander Issued Hands-Only CPR Useful?

The American Heart Association’s journal featured research by Swedish researchers on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest rescue.

The findings showed rates of bystander CPR went up almost twofold compression-only/Hands-only CPR increased sixfold over 18 years. Other hands only CPR facts showed the chances of living doubled for all forms of CPR compared to no CPR.

Following the increased adoption of hands-only CPR as a replacement to the standard CPR involving mouth-to-mouth and chest compression, the researchers studied the impact of the straightforward Hands-Only CPR approach and linked between the method of CPR performed and survival of the patient for 30 days.

It Is Necessary to Be Equipped for First Aid to Face Any Eventuality


Date: July 2nd, 2019

In case you have to rescue a person from a dire situation, it is absolutely imperative that you be well-equipped for the task at hand.

In fact, if you are not equipped for first aid, there is little you can do in an emergency situation. For example, if a person has suffered a heart failure, you will need a defibrillator to get his heart beating again. In case a man is bleeding heavily from any extremity, you will require a tourniquet to stem the bleeding and thereby save his life.

However, you might not always face a life-threatening situation. On the contrary, you might just need a few painkillers to cure a headache or fever.  Hence, your first aid kit must contain a few essential items to ensure your well-being at all times.

5 Healthy Life Habits You Should Adopt Right Away


Date: June 28th, 2019

Staying healthy isn’t too difficult. All you have to do is adopt some healthy life habits and you will be leading a healthy life. Healthy habits are the ones that keep you physically, mentally, emotionally and psychologically viable. It’s not rocket science. In fact, these habits are easy to adopt and easy to follow once you get started.

Don’t waste any more time! Adopt the following habits to lead a healthy life.

1. Quit Smoking

Do you smoke? If yes, then try to quit smoking. We know that it’s easier said than done, but you have to make up your mind and be consistent. Smoking is one of the leading causes of death. It deteriorates your lungs and affects your entire respiratory system. Decide that you want to quit smoking and start decreasing the frequency of smoking. You will get there in some time.

2. Exercise

We have said it a hundred times before and we will say it again, add exercise to your daily routine. You don’t have to join a gym or get proper exercising equipment. Just heading out and walking for half an hour each day will be enough. You will feel refreshed and your entire body will respond positively to your exercise. You will also notice how relaxed and stress-free you’ll feel.

3. Sleep Well

Not sleeping the required hours each night is one of the leading reasons for deteriorating health. You must sleep at least 8 hours each night. Sleeping is a resting phase for your mind and body. It helps your muscles and brain relax and recover from the constant exertion. It gives you the energy to take on the responsibilities of the next day. Furthermore, it also has a number of health benefits.

4. Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Do you know that adding fruits and vegetables to your diet can reduce the risk of several diseases?

Many of us have simply cut out fruits and vegetables from our diet. This is affecting our health and also making us overweight. Fruits and vegetables are filled with healthy nutrients that our body needs to function properly. Therefore, add them to your daily diet and you will see your health improving.

5. Drink in Moderation

Too much drinking adversely affects your liver. It also is the cause of many other health risks. Therefore, you should avoid heavy drinking. As a rule of thumb, men should never drink more than 2 drinks of alcohol a day and women should only drink 1. You may drink a glass of red wine, but remember, moderation is important.

These were just some of the healthy life habits that you should adopt right away. These will improve your health and well-being and you will notice a positive change in yourself. Remember, only you can bring about a change in yourself. So, what are you waiting for? Get started today!

Lifesaving as a Profession and Vocation


Date: June 25th, 2019

Lifesaving is a conscious act that actively involves multiple activities that include the following:

  • Rescue
  • Resuscitation 
  • First aid

The term generally refers to aquatic rescue and other aspects of water safety. However, it can also include flooded areas and river rescue, ice rescue, swimming pool rescue and various other incidences that require emergency medical services. Many activities for lifesaving include specialization in oceanic environments. This is called ‘coastal lifesaving’ or ‘surf lifesaving.’ 

Those people who actively participate in virus lifesaving activities as volunteers are generally called ‘lifesavers.’ On the other hand, if you were to dedicate your life to lifesaving activities as a full-fledged profession, then you will become an EMT (emergency medical technician). In case you work at the beach to rescue people from drowning and other mishaps, then you will be called a ‘lifeguard.’