CPR/AED saves lives. When the heart stops beating blood flow to the brain also stops and Hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) begins. A person suffering from a heart attack loses consciousness around the 20-second mark. Within 3 minutes brain cells begin dying and the person suffering from the heart attack incurs long lasting brain damage. Within 9 minutes severe and permanent brain damage has occurred. After 10 minutes the patient’s chance of survival is very low. Thus, it’s critical that Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation begins immediately. When someone is outside of a medical facility, there is simply not enough time for Paramedics or other trained medical personnel to make it to the patient’s side and begin the lifesaving chest compressions needed to keep the brain cells hydrated. As a result, nearly 90% of the 356,000 annual out-ofhospital cardiac arrests are fatal. And that’s why the State of Washington encourages as many people as possible receive CPR training and practice this essential skill every other year. To Save Lives.
While vital chest compressions keep blood moving to the brain the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) turns the power to the pump back on. Think of jump starting a car after the lights have been left on too long. AED’s are incredible scientific instruments that can detect as many as 7 abnormal readings from the heart. The machine determines if a shock is needed and if it is, the machine delivers that shock. AEDs are very user friendly and can be found in many work and public spaces. With a little training, you will be able to anticipate what using the AED will require, increasing your familiarity with the device in what will be a very high stress event.