June 1-7 is CPR Awareness Week. Let’s Save Some Lives!
You’ve probably gathered that here at Cardio Partners and aed.com, we’re pretty passionate about CPR and AEDs. After all, it’s who we are and what we do. As one of the primary licensed training providers for both the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, we’re dedicated to offering the highest quality classes and services.
“I really like being able to share my knowledge,” says Cardio Partners Lead Training Specialist, Omar Walker. “With my EMS background, I’ve done CPR hundreds of times and have seen the benefits of it. It’s so important to have people who are prepared to save a life. As an instructor, it’s gratifying to have people say that they’ve had CPR training for 20 years and that my course is the best training they’ve ever received.”
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in this country and most cardiac arrests occur at home (American Heart Association).
If you don’t have your first aid, CPR, and AED certifications, make a commitment to register yourself and your loved ones for a course this week!
If you’re a business owner, director of a nonprofit, school principal, daycare provider, or community organizer, contact us to find the right course for your organization.
In honor of this year’s CPR Awareness Week, we thought we’d recap a few of our most popular AED and CPR posts.
3 Must-Read Articles About AEDs
Shocking Statistics About AED and SCA
Back in October, we dug deep and found some incredible statistics about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and AEDs. Be sure to read the full article, but here are the key takeaways:
- SCA kills more Americans than lung cancer, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined (AHA).
- Among middle-aged adults treated for SCA, 50% had no symptoms before the onset of arrest (NCBI).
- 475,000 Americans die from a cardiac arrest every year and 17.5 million people across the globe die from cardiovascular disease each year (AHA).
- 10,000 SCAs occur in the workplace each year (OSHA).
- 68.5% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home (SCAF).
- 45% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survive when bystander CPR is administered (AHA).
Finding Funding for Your AED Program
We think every organization, every school, and every community needs quick and easy access to public AEDs. Not only do we offer affordably-priced new AEDs and recertified AEDs, but we also published A Complete Guide to AED Grant Writing. In this free downloadable eBook, we offer insight into the different kinds of grant funding, an insider’s guide to the grant writing process, tips for writing a successful grant, and suggestions for making the strongest case possible for your AED. We even point you in the right direction for potential funding sources.
The Importance of AEDs: A Survivor’s Story
We have a huge soft spot for winners and we were delighted to catch up with SCA survivor Rob Seymour three years after he suffered a cardiac arrest after crossing the finish line at the 2015 Broad Street Run in Philadelphia.
3 Must-Read Articles About CPR
What Will I Learn From a CPR and First Aid Class?
If you’re wondering what to expect and what you’ll learn from a CPR and First Aid Certification course, sign up for one! Need a preview? Here we go:
- Knowledge: Topics include how to identify sudden cardiac arrest, perform CPR, employ standard precautions, assess an unresponsive person, use an AED, and how to recognize and provide treatment for a choking adult, child, or infant.
- Skills: You’ll learn to perform one-person CPR, CPR with rescue breaths, hands-only CPR, how to administer CPR as part of a two-rescuer team, how to administer a shock from an AED, and so much more.
- Experience: As part of your hands-on CPR training, you’ll have the opportunity to practice CPR with rescue breathing, AED use, and working as part of a two-rescuer team.
- Confidence: Although you’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to help someone in need, you’ll also learn about your boundaries and the limits of your abilities. Knowing what you can and cannot do is a huge part of building confidence.
CPR Songs: Greatest Hits to Save Lives
CPR for Pets
Let’s not forget about our fur family! Our article, CPR for Pets, is a long-standing reader favorite. Here are the generally accepted recommendations for performing CPR on your cat or dog:
- Perform 100 to 120 chest compressions per minute.
- Compressions should be performed with the animal lying on its side and should be as deep as one-third to one-half of the chest width.
- Ventilate intubated dogs and cats at a rate of 10 breaths per minute. For mouth-to-snout ventilation, maintain a compression-to-artificial respiration ratio of 30-2.
- Perform CPR in 2-minute cycles. If possible, switch the person performing the compressions with each cycle.
- In a medical setting, administer vasopressors every 3 to 5 minutes during CPR.
A free special issue of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care covers the development of the guidelines as well a detailed evidence analysis.
How CPR Works: A History
Sometimes we just have to dive down an internet rabbit hole. When we discovered that mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was three centuries old, we knew we had to trace The History of CPR and How it Works from the 1700s to the 21st Century.
Ready to celebrate CPR Awareness Week? We have the info you need about CPR or AEDs and CPR and AED Training. Or to purchase an AED, visit AED.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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