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Saving Lives: From First Responder to Paramedics, the Role of CPR is Critical

CPR certification is one of the most easily distributed ways to save a life. Because a life threatening medical emergency can happen anywhere and at anytime CPR training is valuable for everyone. The role of CPR during a heart attack is to keep the victim's blood flowing. The manual compression method taught during CPR Training is what saves lives. The role of the first responder is to give the victim a chance to survive until the paramedics arrive and can take over. Those minutes between when the heart stops and when the paramedics arrive are extremely critical for the survival of the victim.

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First-Aid And AED Training In Minneapolis

Part of surviving every emergency is being prepared to handle what life throws at you. That applies to being home, at work, or out in public. First-Aid training is mandatory in many industries, but it is practical in every industry. Whether you are dealing with the public or in a private suite of offices, a medical emergency can happy in the blink of an eye. When you are not prepared to respond, then your only option is to wait for help to arrive. First-Aid training takes away the wait but making you and your team the helping hand that victims needs. Time is the biggest enemy in most emergencies. Knowing First-Aid gives you time and can mean the difference between life and death.

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CPR Training Pays Off Around The Holiday Season

Is CPR and AED training worth your time when there are ambulances available? The question of the usefulness of emergency training in the workplace in urban areas has been asked because of the availability of ambulances and hospitals within the city.

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Every Business Should Have An AED

AED stands for automated external defibrillator. It is a device that diagnoses cardiac arrhythmias, fibrillation, and tachycardia. After diagnoses it can treat through defibrillation. Having an automated external defibrillator can possibly save a live because it allows the heart to start beating effectively again by stopping the arrhythmia. Having an AED on hand as well as qualified trained employee who knows how to work it and identify a heart attack allows for peace of mind in the workplace.

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Tim Hoffman's Survival Story Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Tim Hoffman is a man that survived sudden cardiac arrest due to quick actions of coworkers and an EMT crew that had an Automated External Defibrillator. Tim Hoffman died and was brought back to life on October 13, 2013.Tim was working as an automotive mechanic at a car dealership in Coon Rapids, MN. Tim’s day started out like any other day, without an abnormality in his morning routine.

Tim’s world changed at 10:42 am. Tim was working on an SUV when he suffered from sudden cardiac arrest. Tim fell to the floor and Josh Gagner, a quick acting coworker, rushed to Tim’s aid. Josh immediately evaluated the situation and realized that Tim needed CPR. Josh started performing bystander CPR and called out for another coworker to call 911.

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Big CPR Changes Mean Better Survival Rates

CPR is no longer about supplying rescue breathing to patients who have stopped breathing or have had a heart attack. The focus now is on quality chest compressions. Rescue breathing only occurs when the victim can be fitted with an advanced airway device that enables the integration of oxygen. 

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Why is Public Access Defibrillation important?

Public accessible defibrillators (AED) save lives. An AED device or Automated external defrillator is used to provide an electrical shock to the heart. While different than CPR, an AED is designed to start the heart beating on its own. Public access AED's are found in businesses and often in public places such as a sport arena. 

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What is a HEARTSafe community?

A HEARTsafe community is a grassroots movement that has spread across many US States and to other countries around the world. It is a loosely held organization that is without leaders. It is an idea that has taken shape around the American Heart Association's chain of survival model. It is supported in each community by use of a peer system of healthcare, civic and community leadership. It is a free program that can be started by anyone in any community.

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Youth Sudden Cardiac Arrest Cases Increasing

According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation 424,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest each year. Most of those are adults, but the number of youth cardiac arrest is growing. The estimated number per year, for 2013, was 9,500 cases. These were cases that occurred outside of a medical facility.

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