CPR and AED: Save a life with basic knowledge

Cardiac events cause the deaths of more than 350,000 people each year

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Basic knowledge of CPR and AED procedures can help save a life.

CPR and access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) — portable devices that measure the heart’s activity and produce a mild shock to help restore proper rhythm after a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) — can saves lives.

Knowing how to perform CPR and use an AED could save the life of a loved one.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), approximately 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival.

Niles Mayrand, director of operations at the U-M Clinical Simulation Center, Dr. James Cooke, medical director of the U-M Clinical Simulation Center, and Debra Yake, U-M’s AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) & Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course coordinator and an AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor with Livingston County EMS, are all pushing for those increased survival rates in both in-hospital and the out-of-hospital communities. All have a passion for raising CPR awareness and want everyone to know how to perform high quality CPR and use an AED.
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Is your school prepared for a cardiac emergency?

Project ADAMSudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 300 Michigan children and young adults (between the ages of 1 and 39 years) annually.

When you think about where we could have the most potential to intervene in a way that could save lives, the schools where our children spend so many waking hours come to mind as an excellent place to start.

What can we do to make a difference?

You’ve probably already heard about the push to place AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in schools.  Defibrillation with a device such as an AED provides an electrical shock to re-establish the heart’s normal rhythm and is the only known treatment for ventricular fibrillation. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation with an AED within the first three to five minutes after collapse, followed by advanced care, can result in a greater than 50 percent survival rate in these situations.  The survival rate drops 10 percent with each minute of delayed defibrillation.

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