New Online Simulator Saves Lives without Mouth to Mouth Resuscitation
The Medtronic Foundation has recently instituted the Heart Rescue Project—a community response education resource to combat sudden cardiac arrest fatalities. According to their website, 300,000 deaths occur per year from heart attacks with a survival rate of only about 8 percent.
The Heart Rescue Project is a public service announcement to draw attention to one of the nation’s leading killers—sudden cardiac arrest—and what anyone can do in public spaces such as the mall or a ballgame to increase the chances of survival when someone collapses from a heart attack.
The website features an interactive Save-A-Life-Simulator that presents a video scenario of someone collapsing from a heart attack in which you get to choose and learn from your responses to the scene. Although the simulator offers some obvious options that from a common sense perspective are easily recognizable as the wrong answer choice, the power of the video is that it creates a very real and compelling scenario that you might witness at a mall.
One of lessons learned from the simulator is that there is no need to worry about doing the wrong thing when it comes to using an automated external defibrillator (AED). The simulation demonstrates how to use a public AED device properly and that the AED actually guides you through the steps
Furthermore, the simulator also shows us that having to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is not a requirement for treating sudden cardiac arrest. Rather, that physical contact is limited to chest compressions and placing the defibrillator pads on the victim’s chest. In many cases of sudden cardiac arrest the victim is still breathing, but their heart has either stopped or is beating insufficiently to effectively transport oxygenated blood to the brain.
According to the website:
If you see someone collapse suddenly, check to see if the victim is responsive. If he or she is not responsive, then apply these three easy steps.
1. Call 911and have them send help—Stay on the line and listen for further instructions.
2. Start Chest Compressions—If the person is not breathing normally, start chest compressions. Push down hard and fast in the center of the chest. Keep your arms straight. Send someone to find an AED.
3. Use An AED—The AED (automated external defibrillator) is a portable medical device that delivers an electrical shock to restart a person’s heart. It provides voice prompts that tell you exactly what to do and will only administer a shock if needed, so there’s no reason to hesitate.
Take the time to try out the simulation and learn what to do in event of someone collapsing from a heart attack. And in addition, be sure to spread the word and link to your friends and family. Who knows? The next life saved may be your own.
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