The best way to increase the chance of saving sudden cardiac arrest casualties is to remember and follow every link in the chain of survival:
- Early Access to the emergency response system;
- Early C.P.R. to support circulation to the heart and brain until normal heart activity is restored;
- Early defibrillation to treat cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation (VT); and
- Early advance care by paramedics and hospital personnel
Why is it critical to act promptly?
There are two good reasons everybody should know the most basic information about heart attacks.
First, odds are very high that either you or someone you love will suffer from a heart attack during your lifetime.
Second, whether you (or your loved one) survive that heart attack may depend on what you – and your doctors – do during the first few hours.
Reducing your risk
We can greatly reduce our risk of developing many types of heart disease by changing our behavior. Here are three important steps to take to lower your chances of developing heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular disorders.
Step 1: Take this seriously
There are many factors that contribute to the risk of a heart attack. If you have one or more of these risk factors in your life, you are at a high risk cardiovascular disease. If you do not take these risk factors seriously you are already on the path to serious problems.
To protect yourself, you need to take a serious look at these risk factors and how they are affecting you right now.
CPR is a vital first aid skill. In fact it’s the reason many people decide to take a first aid course. The skills that you develop as you learn CPR can help save a life.
When that life is very small, the right skills become even more vital!
Do you remember the adjustments you need to make to perform CPR on an infant?
Pro Dive Cronulla
During the recent Cronulla Fair, Pro Dive was looking for a way to get it’s regular clients interested in first aid and improving the safety of their dives.
They wanted a hands on, simple way to help them realize the need to regularly refresh their skills to be ready for an emergency.
Working with Medilife Trainer Dan, they setup a display in store with a manikin that could be used for hand on practice of primary assessment and CPR skills.
What was the response?
Throughout the day, kids and adults alike were excited to have the chance to show off their skills! Even the Dive instructors had a go and having a qualified instructor on hand meant the anything they had forgotten could be quickly refreshed.
I want to do that!
If you are involved in a community event and want to do something similar, talk to our friendly sales advisory team and we can discuss how you can get your community group engaged in first aid. Just call us on 1300 130 385 or email via the contact page.