The Shocking Truth – AED Institute Newsletter (August 2011)
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AED Institute Newsletter (August 2011)
- Pool Safety-Could you save a child’s life? A story from very close to home…
- Video of the month- Easy way to practice CPR
- Education of the Month-Do you know where your closest AED is located? C&C Honolulu EMS has a plan to help you save lives
- AHA Instructor’s Pad-Asprin and Heart Attacks
- Volunteer’s Pad-Hawaii AHA Heart Walk and CPR event-We need you!
- For Sale-Manikins for Sale-Add to you stash now
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 to 14 years, and the fifth leading cause for people of all ages.
Every summer we share a story about a child who drowns while playing in the pool. Each time there were many people at the pool but no one saw exactly what happened. A child drowning is usually a silent event, it just happens and happens so quickly.
When she hit 20 pushes the first rescuer bent down to give 2 breaths, the second rescuer resuming pushing on the child’s chest hard and fast, one, two, three… Within a few more pushes the child’s eyes opened. She started to respond and cough, hallelujah she is alive!
The child was quickly swept away by family and then transported to the local hospital. It was a good day, she was going to be just fine!
Stories like this happen everyday. Please be safe, know what to do in an emergency, and educate everyone else you know. I am proud to introduce you to my newest hero… Chelsea, my assistant and the second rescuer, “I am a CPR instructor, I GOT IT!” She is my newest hero! Way to go, Chelsea!
Click here to download a Center for Disease Control Child Safety Sheet. CDC/Child Safety Sheet
Video of the Month-
Hands can do amazing things
American Heart Association is introducing new PSAs to get the attention of potential rescuers. Here is yet another interactive webvideo to help teach you how to save a life of a friend or loved one. Share this link, it may just save YOUR life!
Hands-only CPR is a life saving action! And this one is kind-of fun too!
Education of the Month
We have educated 10,000s of citizens and how important it is to:
- Recognize an emergency where someone is not responding and has no sign of normal breathing
- Call 911 immediately
- Start compressions using hands-only compressions hard and fast in the center of the chest
- Attach an AED as soon as available
- Advanced Care with EMS and hospital staff
For the first and second step most of us carry a cell phone at all times so this is easy to do. For step 3, Hands-only CPR, we all have our hands so we can do this. But what about the AED? Do you know where your closest AED is located? It could be within steps or several feet but if you cannot see it then how do you know it is there?
Studies prove that if you can attach an AED to a victim of cardiac arrest within 90 seconds then there is a 90% chance of survival. This is compared to approximately 20% with CPR and without an AED. For every minute you delay the application of an AED there is a 10% less chance of survival.
City and County of Honolulu Emergency Medical Services is taking action to help you save lives. Dr. James Ireland has a vision to help put AEDs in the hands of rescuers so that more lives can be saved.
Read the story now:
American Heart Association’s Heart Walk Honolulu
We need your help to teach CPR to the community. You do not need to be an instructor, just interested in helping save lives
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Kapiolani Park, Honolulu
Come join us and you can earn your own AHA volunteer red T-shirt courtesy of Dr. Libby Char.
Don’t forget to inspect your AED:
- AED is in its case with battery installed
- System status indicator shows AED is ready for use
- 2 sets of adult pads are sealed and within expiration date
- Accessories are present; face mask, razor, scissors, gloves, towel
- Pediatric pads within expiration date or pediatric energy reducer is available
- spare battery is within installation date
Pamela Foster, RN
Manikins for SALE!
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