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Reasons to Learn CPR

Posted by Debby Franklin on Nov 28, 2018 1:54:24 PM

iStock_24140155_womancollapseEmergencies cannot be predicted.  Would you know what to do if someone collapsed suddenly in front of you? The most common cause of death world wide is due to cardiovascular diseases. Being trained in CPR can be invaluable.  CPR techniques can help save someone who has suffered a heart attack and a number of other emergency situations. 

Four out of five cardiac arrests occur at home.   Brain death occurs four to six minutes after the heart stops breathing,  CPR effectively keeps blood flowing and provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs ensuring a better chance for full recovery.  

CPR is not a method of restarting the heart, CPR is used to return the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body to delay brain damage.  CPR consists of chest compressions at a rate of 120 beats per minute performed with the heel of the hand on the center of the chest 2 and a half inches deep into the chest. Repeat the action quickly, at least 120 times a minute.  Don't stop doing CPR until emergency services arrive at the scene! Current studies have shown that people may have a better chance of surviving with normal brain function when CPR is continued up to 38 minutes or longer.  

Less than 3% of the U.S. population receives CPR training, leaving many bystanders unprepared to respond to cardiac arrest.  We can't control everything that will happen to those around us but we can do everything possible to be ready to help in case an emergency occurs.  

If you are still working on resolutions for the new year, add CPR training to your list!  Easy Living Services is a nationally accredited training center currently offering American Heart Association's "Heartsaver" curriculum in a fun, relaxed environment.   AHA CPR/1st Aid and Basic Life support is the number one training course for Healthcare Providers.  Our classes are expertly tailored to meet the needs of diverse participants including individuals, business groups, day care works, and health and fitness instructors.  Contact us today to learn more about flexible and convenient training solutions for your or your organization. 

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Topics: Cardiac Arrest, Emergency, Heart Attack, first aid, cpr, home safety, senior safety

Cardiac Arrest & Life Saving Tips

Posted by Debby Franklin on Sep 27, 2016 12:03:14 PM

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More than 350,000 people in the U.S.  will experience cardiac arrest outside of the hospital this year and close to 90 percent die because bystanders don't know how to perform CPR.  Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death and is caused when the heart suddenly stops due to a malfunction that causes an irregular heartbeat and disruption of blood flow through the body.  It is everyone's responsibility to understand the basics of CPR and to jump in quickly in a life threatening emergency.

After Checking the Scene and the Injured or Ill Person, if there is no Breathing:

  • Call for help while checking for a pulse and adequate breathing
  • Push hard, push fast in the middle of the chest at least 2 inches deep and at least 100 compressions  per minute. The person must be on a firm, flat surface
  • Give 2 rescue breaths.  Tilt the head back and lift the chin up.  Pinch the nose shut then make a complete seal over the person's mouth.  Blow in for about 1 second to make the chest clearly rise. Give rescue breaths, one after the other
  • Do not stop with continuous cycles of CPR.  The only exception would be; if you find an obvious sign of life,  another trained responder is available to take over,  an AED is ready to use, you are too exhausted to continue, or the scene becomes unsafe.

Symptoms of Cardiac Arrest:

  • Loss of consciousness, fainting, sudden collapse.
  • No heartbeat or pulse.
  • Racing heartbeat, dizzy, light-headed just before fainting.
  • Withing an hour of cardiac arrest some experience chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, blackouts and weakness.
  • No breathing.

In many instances cardiac arrest occurs with no warning.  When the heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood can cause brain damage in only a few minutes.  Death or permanent brain damage can occur within four to six minutes.  Time is critical when you are assisting an unconscious person who isn't breathing. Immediate action is a must!  

There are a number of reasons to get certified in CPR, whether it is part of your job or just to be trained in the unfortunate event you may need to utilize the skills in your day to day life.  Easy Living Services, Inc. is a nationally accredited American Heart Associated Training facility.  We offer CPR/First Aid and Basic Life Support for Healthcare providers.  Classes are expertly tailored to meet the needs of diverse participants including individuals or business groups.   Training includes:

  • How to recognize and treat emergencies
  • Compression techniques
  • Breathing techniques
  • Adult/Child rescue breathing
  • Adult/Child CPR
  • AED Instruction
  • Skills Testing & Certification
  • Train in our facility or yours

Easy Living Services, Inc. has supported Atlanta families in their efforts to keep loved ones fulfilled and safe at home since 1994.  Call us to learn more.....770-442-8664

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Topics: Cardiac Arrest, cpr

Senior Care: New Simplified CPR Technique Saves Lives

Posted by Debby Franklin on Aug 23, 2011 9:11:00 AM

Senior Care - New Simplified CPR Technique

CPR. A Lifesaving action.

When an adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, his or her survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Unfortunately, Unfortunately, less than 1/3 of those people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location get that help. Most bystanders are worried that they might do something wrong or make things worse. That’s why the AHA has simplified things.

Don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help.

It’s not normal to see an adult suddenly collapse, but if you do, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help. Increasing the number of people who know about Hands-OnlyTM CPR will increase the chance that someone can help when an adult suddenly collapses, and more lives can be saved.

Hands-OnlyTM CPR works.

Hands-OnlyTM CPR, performed by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as “conventional” CPR in emergencies that occur at home, work or in public. There are only two steps to remember:

* 1) Call 911
* 2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.

You can be a lifesaver. If you ARE CONFIDENT in your ability to provide CPR that includes breaths with high-quality chest compressions with minimal interruptions, then provide either the conventional CPR that you learned OR Hands-OnlyTM CPR. If you ARE NOT CONFIDENT in your ability to provide CPR that includes breaths with high-quality chest compressions with minimal interruptions, then provide Hands-OnlyTM CPR. In both cases, continue Hands-OnlyTM CPR until an AED arrives and is ready for use or EMS providers take over care of the victim. Learning conventional CPR is still recommended. The American Heart Association recommends conventional CPR with breaths and compressions for infants and children; victims of drowning, drug overdose or other respiratory problems; and adult victims who are found already unconscious and not breathing normally. A CPR course teaches you the skills needed to help those other victims. You’ll also practice performing the same two steps you’ll need for Hands-OnlyTM CPR. Typically people who have had CPR training are more confident about their skills and more likely to assist someone in a real emergency.

Contact Easy Living Services, Inc. to enroll in a CPR course today! 770-442-8664

Hands-OnlyTM CPR scientific statement:
The American Heart Association works with some of the world’s leading resuscitation scientists and medical professionals. Their continuous review of published research studies on CPR resulted in the following AHA Science Advisory, published in an April 2008 edition of the medical journal Circulation: Hands-OnlyTM (Compression-Only) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A Call to Action for Bystander Response to Adults Who Experience Out-of-Hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Source: American Heart Association

Topics: senior care, caregiver, cpr, health