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Things bystanders should be aware of about CPR

Apr
18

Date: April 18th, 2014

Why bystanders should learn more about CPRA significant number of CPR that was initiated by bystanders often results in the victim getting brain damage. This is often the case even irrespective of whether or not the bystander is a relative of the victim. This goes to show that there is poor public training of the CPR procedure.

According to a recent study in Japan started outside a hospital setting by a family against on family indicated that very few family members attempted CPR on their loved ones. Fewer victims who needed resuscitation made it past one month. The chances of neurological survival weren’t that impressive even when the CPR was administered by a family member. The research was published online by Resuscitation and was done by Keiko Fujie, MD at the University of Tsukuba, which is in Ibaraki Japan, and his colleagues.

Kevin Campbell, from the University of North Carolina Health Care In Chapel Hill, noted that the most significant point of the study is there is a he deficiency in the CPR training department. He said that there was dire need to train the citizens on how to perform the CPR safely so as to yield better results in the future.

Other inside factors

The situation isn’t made any pleasant by the fact that the rate of ventricular fibrillations have gone lower over the years while rates of other serious asystoles and pulseless electrical activity have remained steady. This was a claim made by Douglas Zipes who is from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

It’s imperative that bystanders have adequate CPR training prior to administering the procedure. This will be helpful in situations where they are the first responders and will contribute to save the life prior to the medics arriving. They can also achieve this if they are given clear instruction during training.

Things observers ought to be educated about CPR

Bystanders should be informed that shock is one of the most effective methods to use when they come across patients going into cardiac arrest. They can use an AED for this procedure.

Campbell says that bystanders should use AEDs if they are available even if they are untrained. Shocking the patient 3 – 4 times can be good enough to prevent any form of brain damage. Survival rates for victims who are shocked stands at 40%.

According to Campbell, neurological damages are caused during the time of resuscitation. The longer one waits to administer any form of treatment the more likely the victim is to suffer from brain damage. This is because there won’t be any oxygenated blood flowing into the brain during the time bystanders do nothing and this will adversely affect the brain cells and other tissues.

The main issue is that a lot of bystanders just watch and do nothing simply because there are either not trained or are shocked and uncomfortable with the situation. The use of AEDs can help reduce this stigma and in the process save lives and reduce the number of neurological damages experienced among patients.

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