Concerns about inappropriate contact or causing injury may help explain why bystanders are less likely to perform CPR on women – even “virtual” women – than on men who collapse with cardiac arrest, according to two studies presented at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2018, an international conference highlighting the best in cardiovascular resuscitation research.
You’ve likely seen a fake version on television. Somewhere there is an emergency, and the hero steps in to save the day with some chest compressions and rescue breaths. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR, as it’s more frequently called, is a method of saving lives. It essentially involves massaging the heart to continue to pump blood and circulate oxygen when for some reason the heart fails to manage this task on its own.
CPR Takes Heart
This task can be difficult to perform. It requires technique on the part of the administrator. And that technique must withstand fear, panic or uncertainty. But CPR also requires stamina. According to the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, there are cases that have required CPR to continue for upwards of 25 minutes. That takes a lot of work on the part of the CPR provider!
One way to ensure your CPR is effective is to take the proper training classes. Fear and uncertainty melt away with proper training because it is full of hands-on practice. This way, training allows you to work through scenarios in which CPR is required, allowing for more of a “real life” feel.
Within Your Field
Learning CPR is an obvious requirement for positions working in hospitals, urgent care and assisted living facilities where life-saving emergencies seem ever-present. Doctors, laboratory, nurses, clinical staff and first responders also require CPR. Other professions, outside of the medical field, require CPR as well. For example, day care workers, personal trainers and physical therapists also have demand for CPR. In fact, CPR is mandatory to hold insurance for some fields.
The Top of Your Game
When you’re interviewing for a new career, you want to be at the top of your game. Your knowledge base should be current for your work environment. You should likewise be familiar with the latest occupational vocabulary and newest technology. But this preparation goes beyond the conversation of an interview for many professionals. Certifications must be up to date as well, and this is especially true of your cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. Without a current certification card, your resume may not even hit the call-back pile.
Learn CPR, it’s a Life Saver!
One other area in which CPR knowledge can be critical is perhaps often overlooked. The every-day Joe. The mom. The babysitter. The cashier. The restaurant server. Everyone. In our day-to-day activities, we cannot predict an emergency. Accidents arrive at the worst possible moment. It’s imperative to have an individual with CPR knowledge when those times arise. Be prepared to help those around you. Be capable to help those you love most and learn CPR.
CPR is taught at different levels based on the need of the individual. Some people need the basics of CPR. Basic Life Support (BLS) is a standard requirement for many professions. Others also want first aid, or oxygen administration. Still, one may need to be well versed in neurological assessments or child and infant CPR. Make sure you know which course is right for you. Or, contact us and we can help you determine how we can best fit your needs.
from Ocala.com Feb 22, 2019
When we watch movies and TV, we suspend belief that people can’t actually fly, zombies aren’t real and animals can’t talk.
So when CPR and other heroic measures to revive an unconscious victim pop up on the screen, should we react the same way?
“Movies very rarely get it right,” said Dr. Howie Mell, an emergency room physician in suburban Chicago who has also been a firefighter and paramedic. “They need to create drama and tell a story in a succinct and cohesive manner. That doesn’t always lend itself to an accurate portrayal.“
Many health professionals wish that were different. Several studies in recent years have compared on-screen cardiac crises to reality and lamented the results.
“In movies, defibrillation and cardiac arrest survival outcomes are often portrayed inaccurately, representing missed opportunities for public health education,” concluded a 2014 study in the journal Resuscitation.
A 2017 analysis of three popular American and British TV shows in Postgraduate Medical Journal drew similar conclusions, declaring, “Given the popularity of television medical dramas, the poor depiction may be significantly contributing to poor public CPR knowledge.“
Read the rest of the article here: https://www.ocala.com/lifestyle/20190222/on-screen-cpr-heart-stopping-drama-doesnt-always-reflect-reality
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