The use of CPR dates back to 1740 when the Paris Academy of Sciences suggested mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to attempt to revive people who had drowned.
- In 1767, CPR was first used in an attempt to resuscitate a person who had suddenly died by a cause other than drowning.
- In 1891, Dr. Friedrich Maass added chest compressions to the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
- In 1960, the American Heart Association developed what we know today as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and they started offering American heart classes to physicians and the public.
James Rand, a friend of Dr. Claude Beck invented the first defibrillator in 1947. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, that defibrillator saved the life of a 14-year-old boy, who had complications after surgery. The defibrillator is on display at the Smithsonian.
The AED (automated external defibrillator) was made by Cardiac Resuscitator Corporation. The first electrode pads were hand made by R. Lee Heath.
The automated external defibrillator is slightly different from the defibrillator you would find in a hospital. It has the ability to detect and diagnose a person’s heart rhythm and determine if a shock is necessary. An automatic model will deliver a shock without anyone having to push a button or give a command. Some models that do require a command, come with voice prompts (some have visual prompts) that walk the user through the process. Most units weigh under 10 pounds, making it easy for even a child or elderly person to carry it to the person in distress. A Lifepack includes the AED, gloves, shears to cut the person’s shirt, a razor to shave a hairy chest, and leads to attach.
Whose Life can You Save by Learning to use an Automatic External Defibrillator
- The life you save could be a family member, dear friend, co-worker, or an innocent person you have never met. According to the American Heart Association 4 out 5 cardiac arrests happen in the home and are usually your child, spouse, parent, or a friend.
- African Americans are twice as likely to go in to cardiac arrest at home, while at work or in a public place as Caucasians, and their survival rates are less than 50%.
Therefore, instead of standing there screaming for help while pointing at the person, help them, give them a chance to survive!
In the United States, hundreds of thousands of people die every year because of sudden cardiac arrest, 4,000 of those people live in Minnesota. Advanced First Aid located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the territories of include, but not limited to MN, SD, ND, WI and IO offers American Heart Classes to learn how to use a Heartsine automated external defibrillator (aed). We also offer refresher classes. If you’re an employer, property manager, or a person looking to educate yourself in the event of any emergency, we also offer the following classes:
- First Aid American Heart Association
- BLS for Health Care Provider American Heart Association
- Heartsaver AED/CPR American Heart Association
- Bystander CPR/AED Training
Don’t stand by helplessly when someone needs your help. Take a CPR class, or a few, and be prepared to save a life.
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