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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Sudden cardiac arrest: Is your student athlete at risk?

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy accounts for 40 percent of SCA cases

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Ryan Cliff, who experienced sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during his first time as a starter in his high school soccer game.

The beginning of another school year means the beginning of school sports including football, soccer, cross country and swimming. All too often, school sports result in injuries to athletes — and, in some cases, incidents of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Although SCA in athletes makes the headlines, it’s important to know that SCA can happen to anyone — including a seemingly healthy child.

Ryan Cliff was one of those children. His is a story of survival as he recovered from SCA with the help of University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital doctors. He and his parents share their difficult and emotional experience in Ryan’s video story about his experience of SCA while playing soccer.

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