When an emergency occurs, one of the first things that people do is to panic, especially at the site of blood. In many cases, blood is not present, and a person may simply faint or suffer trouble breathing or chest pain. The bottom line is that there are hundreds of potential reasons that a person may require medical attention from someone or a family member who happens to be present when the emergency occurs. If that someone or a family member is not present, the victim of an emergency may progress to a condition that may lead to death or irreversible neurological damage.
With the advent of modern technology and communication, a person who suffers a medical problem and those who are present when one occurs have the capability to take immediate action. In the United States and other countries and cities around the world, a 911 system exists where an emergency dispatcher is trained and follows specific protocols to give directions to stop bleeding, prevent certain types of shock, provide rescue breathing or compress the chest in the event of a cardiac arrest.
In most cases, when life is threatened, a cardiac arrest is the main culprit. Therefore, the significance of dispatch assisted CPR proves to be a valued asset for the victim and the Emergency Medic Service (EMS). Yet, some people choose to ignore the dispatcher because they believe that nothing can be done over the phone. The directions that a dispatcher gives to a person calling for help is invaluable and has proven time after time to be successful.
There are many cases in every state and other countries where the dispatcher gave life-saving directions to a victim, friend, or family member, and a heart restarted, and the victim began to breath again. In many of those cases, the victim went on the live a live without physical restrictions which included returning to work. In other cases where a victim, mainly a child drowns in the pool, those who want to help find it problematic to take action to make a difference.
It should be known that if anyone will return to life from a cardiac arrest, a child has the best chance of doing so. The reason is that a child does not have typical diseases that adults have, including cardiovascular such as arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and atherosclerosis (plague build up in the arteries) which causes a decreased flow of blood and perfusion issues. The child is a new member of the human race and is full of energy. Even if a child is removed from a pool or ocean and their heart is not beating, CPR instructions from the dispatcher will be successful eighty to ninety percent of the time, especially when the child has not been submerged for a prolonged period of time.
It should be known that in cold water drownings for a child or adult, the dispatcher will advise the friend or family member to start CPR even if the victim has been submerged for over two hours. The body’s metabolism slows to a point where the body puts itself into a suspended animation state. Think of an astronaut who takes a trip to the furthest reaches of the Milky Way Galaxy. With the present known propulsion technology, the trip is too long, and the body requires substances to survive. However, when you slow the body’s metabolism down, the requirements decrease. Consequently, the drowned victim in cold water has a good potential of returning to life with full neurovascular function regardless of an extended cardiac arrest. Thus, the directions of the dispatcher make sense and should be followed accordingly and without delay.
In some cases, the dispatcher will ask the friend or family member to start CPR and are ignored. The reason may be valid because the friend or family member is uncomfortable because of what the victim looks like. In other words, a picture is worth a thousand words which means that the rescuer at the victim’s side is looking at something that they believe is beyond repair. For instance, the victim may have a significance odor that causes the rescuer to become ill, or the victim has rigor mortis which is when the body temporarily gets stiff after death has occurred over a prolonged period of time. The advice of the dispatcher may be to start CPR, and if refused, it will be noted, but no adverse legal ramification should come to the rescuer.
Ultimately, the significance of dispatch assisted CPR has proven to be a step forward in the treatment of a person in cardiac arrest or one who has other conditions that require immediate attention. If the instructions of the dispatcher are not followed, the chances of a person who may benefit from it drop to absolute zero. Consider the dispatcher as a medical professional who is standing in front of you and giving advice. Take it! Because your loved ones, friends, and even strangers will thank you because you made it possible for them to see another Christmas, another year, and another birthday.