This is a great story of three rescuers coming together to form an effective team approach to CPR with great results!
"Diligence, discipline and strong encouragement for learning CPR and first aid led a trio of Minnesota electric cooperative employees to save the life of a guest speaker who collapsed during his recent presentation.
Lancaster and two others rushed to the victim’s aid. Lancaster was at his head; Dustin Privette, safety administrator, and Wade Aanderud, plant operations leader, went to each side.
Following CPR protocol, Lancaster tried to talk to the victim—whose name the co-op is withholding for confidentiality purposes—but got no response."
Within minutes after starting compressions, the victim showed signs of life, said Lancaster, who was about to use the AED device but got a “do not shock” signal, an indicator of a pulse."
The state of New Mexico is paving the way with passing a law requiring CPR and First Aid Instruction in the classroom. This article is wonderful. A definite must read....
"New Mexico students will have to study all of those, thanks to two identical bills that passed the state Legislature and were signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez this week.
Both bills — Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, and House Bill 104, sponsored by Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Las Cruces, will require schools to teach New Mexico students — from first- through 12th-graders — emergency lifesaving training.
Because of the legislation, schools will be responsible for training students to recognize the signs of a heart attack, to use an automated external defibrillator and to perform the Heimlich maneuver for choking victims."
Here is the link:
"The latest American Heart Association guidelines, highlight how quick action, proper training, use of technology and coordinated efforts can increase survival from cardiac arrest. A leading cause of death in the United States, cardiac arrest is caused when the heart suddenly stops, usually due to an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat and disrupts blood flow through the body. Survival depends on immediate CPR and other actions starting with bystanders.
More than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year and about 90 percent of them die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. The 2015 guidelines say high-quality CPR training for both bystanders and healthcare providers will help them feel more confident to act and provide better CPR to cardiac arrest victims. This guidelines update, which is intended to evolve CPR training, also recommends that all bystanders should act quickly and use mobile phones to alert dispatchers, with the ultimate goal of having immediate CPR given to all victims of cardiac arrest."
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.