Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location (like church) die because they did not receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don't be afraid. Your actions can only help....so says The American Heart Association as part of a June drive to teach persons this simple skill. If you see a teen or an adult suddenly collapse and not respond to you:
Skill #1 Call 9-1-1.
When calling 9-1-1, you will be asked for your location. Be specific, especially if you are calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed address. Answering the dispatcher's questions will not delay the arrival of help.
Skill # 2 Give CPR with your hands.
With hands placed over the center of person's chest, push, using your weight over your straight arms, compressing the chest at least 2 inches. Push hard and fast at least 100 times per minute, allowing the chest to rise between compression. You can follow the beat in the classic "Staying Alive" disco song. Just keep pushing hard and fast until help arrives, someone comes with an AED (Automated Electronic Defibrillator) or the person starts breathing, talking or moving.
Starting CPR promptly when a person collapses and their heart stops can more than double a person's chance for survival. This happens to youth in school gyms, workers in every setting and can happen at home to your loved ones.
Remember: Just TWO STEPS: Call 9-1-1 and give CPR!
Look for more information here. Hands Only CPR Campaign. Take a full CPR training from American Heart Association or from American Red Cross.
These opportunities are in your neighborhood.
I believe we are called to act as Jesus did to provide help for our neighbor, a stranger, our own family.
May you be blessed as you learn and do!
Carolyn Stoll, RN
Faith Community Nurse