Cardiopulmonary resuscitation increases the possibility of surviving sudden cardiac arrest. But it’s not just trained professionals who can jump in to perform CPR. There are simple, life-saving steps any bystander can take. “We think it should be a basic life skill,” said Dr. Clifton Callaway, a professor and executive vice chair of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.
The use of onsite automated external defibrillators (AED), increasingly found in places like airports and sports stadiums, is raising the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest, suggests a recent study from Europe.
Illinois high school student Brendan Gould has been named winner of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s People Saving People Award for saving his father’s life with CPR. The People Saving People Award honors “ordinary” people with extraordinary spirits who help save the lives of SCA victims. The purpose of the award is to increase awareness about the critical need for laypersons to be prepared to intervene in sudden cardiac emergencies.
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Many patients who suffer an out‐of‐hospital cardiac arrest will fail to receive bystander intervention (cardiopulmonary resuscitation [CPR] or defibrillation) despite widespread CPR training and the dissemination of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The authors of a new research article published in the Journal of the American Heart Association sought to investigate what factors encourage lay bystanders to initiate CPR and AED use in a cohort of bystanders previously trained in CPR techniques who were present at an out‐of‐hospital cardiac arrest.
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Phil Nguyen calls them black-belt heroes. He credits, in part, the taekwondo training of a group of men at a Kanata martial arts academy with their ability to act quickly, calmly and effectively on Saturday to save a life.
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