Why Learn CPR?

 In Tip of the Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a story that goes with today’s picture. This picture of part of an airplane was taken by SCM and Reflect Consulting Group’s Ron Gantt on Thursday, May 2nd. Ron was returning from speaking at an internal leadership conference for the Lewis Tree Corporation in Buffalo, NY. The next day, during a meeting Ron told us that he took the picture as he was sitting in the Baltimore, MD airport, waiting for a late connecting flight. The flight finally arrived. Ron saw medical personnel rushing into the plane. A short time later they came back out, one medic pushing the gurney as another performed CPR on someone. You just never know where or when someone will need CPR.

 

Paul Gantt, SCM President and former Firefighter/ Paramedic related that in his travels he often engages the flight attendants in conversation. They ask him about the word “safety” on his shirt. In the following discussion he will ask them if there is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the plane. He said that while most airplanes had AEDs and the flight attendants had received training, they had never used them in an emergency.

 

Let’s look at a few facts about CPR from the American Heart Association:
1.  About 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital each year in the US.
2.  10,000 cardiac arrests occur in workplaces annually in the US.
3.  45% of non-hospital cardiac arrest patients survive when a bystander quickly starts CPR.
If we are reading those statistics correctly, there are about 340,000 cardiac arrests (heart attacks) happening outside the workplace and not in hospitals annually. If you are trained in CPR, the likelihood of you using that life-saving skill on someone you know, a family member or friend, is higher than having to do CPR on someone at work. And data tells us that immediate activation of the “chain of survival,” which includes calling for professional medical assistance (911) and starting CPR, significantly increases the survival rate.
An article in EHS Today points out that use of an AED doubles the chance of the patient recovering. But it also states that many either do not know where an AED is or how to use one. Some of us who have done training on CPR and AEDs find that surprising. Most AEDs give audible instructions and have pictures that clearly show you what to do. They are very simple to use.
The Safety Tip for today is twofold:
1.  Take CPR training. Pay attention and take every opportunity to practice during the training. You just might save someone’s life – and it is likely that it could be someone you know and care about.
2.  If your workplace has an AED, make sure you know where it is and how to use it.
Although he is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Ron did not have an opportunity to assist with the CPR as he was not on the plane. By the time Ron saw the emergency, professionals were in attendance and the patient was being whisked away to a hospital. We pray the person survived. But Ron was prepared to step in and help if he was needed. We should all be ready.
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