Cardiac arrest happens more often than we think. It happens to anyone at any time, yet most Americans do not know how to perform the powerful act of CPR. When done properly and immediately, CPR has proven to save lives.
The American Heart Association vast network of instructors train millions of people globally each year with International training centers in more than 100 countries and over 300 translated products. In spite of global efforts and the use of CPR dated back to the 1740’s, a relatively high percentage of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency.
Sadly, people say they do not have the time to learn or they simply don’t want to learn.
This mindset may be attributed to the fact that we never fathom the emergency being one of our own.
We do not realize that EVERYDAY we are at risk being involved in activities that can lead to an emergency whether work related or driving down the road. A perfectly healthy individual may receive an unexpected blow to the chest that causes the heart to stop beating.
A three year old toddler may acquire an occluded airway from the thick paste of peanut butter that has stuck to the throat.
What about the little boy who collapsed on the school bus in Atlanta, Georgia on May 7, 2019? Luckily for him he was revived by 7 year old Janea who recognized an emergency situation had occurred and her immediate actions would help save his life. If you think a young child is unable to perform CPR think again, but that’s another story.
Summer time tends to peak a high rate of water safety incidents.
June 10, Fox 26 News in Houston reported Texas number one in the states for drowning incidents. Harris County is number one in Texas, and a public health crisis.
This is not just a Texas or Harris County concern, this is every state and every county concern, yet there are several parents and caregivers who have not been trained or a significant amount of time has lapsed since their last CPR training.
Adults and caregivers should refresh their infant, child CPR yearly, especially right before summers when water is involved.
70% of sudden cardiac arrest happens in public places or at home.
The statement the life you save may be that of your loved one was my family’s reality two weeks ago when my uncle went into sudden cardiac arrest at home.
Failure to ACT in a cardiac emergency leads to death. When effective bystander CPR is provided an individual’s chance of survival is doubled and even tripled.
My cousin played a vital part in being a first responder and providing effective CPR.
My uncle is alive today!
Do not take for granted because it has not happened to you or your loved ones that it won’t. Be a keeper for your community, an advocate for your family, and an effective first responder for all who will need you.
Wake up the superhero within you.
Become UNCOMFORTABLE with being comfortable.
Be EMPOWERED TO ACT in an emergency where EVERY SECOND COUNTS!