This page is dedicated to unique facts and information about doing CPR, CPR training courses and CPR benefits.
Unique CPR Facts
- The chances of recovering a victim with just CPR, with no AED and no advanced medical support (EMS), is just 1 to 2%. This is why it is so important to send someone to contact 911 and to retrieve a AED.
- The chances of recovering a victim with just CPR and a AED is 8%.
- An AED is not designed to jump start a heart. It is actually designed to flat line a heart. When a heart goes into cardiac arrest the electrical impulse to the heart sends irregular rhythms. Only the shock from a AED can
stop those rhythms by flat-lining the heart in an attempt to restart the heart to a regular rhythm.
- General Electric conducted a study on the use of AED’s and discovered that the shock a rescuer would receive, if he or she were in the same puddle as the shocked victim, would be negligible.
- Too many compressions is not bad. Too much air can lead to regurgitation and complications when ventilating during CPR.
- CPR is hard. A fit and healthy person can only do CPR at a good standard for about 4 minutes.
- People throughout Canada are protected by various acts, such as the Good Samaritan Act, which protects Lay rescuers that attempt to help a consenting or unconscious victim.
- When rescuing a infant candidates must first ask for permission from the caregivers or parents. If no parents or caregivers are around, consent is implied.
- The top 2 foreign object obstructions for choking victims is grapes and sausages. Sit down and enjoy your food to prevent choking.
- Studies have shown that AED pads will work on a victim with a hairy chest.
- The most likely cause of death for people over 44 years of age is cardiovascular disease.
- AED pads are one time use only. Be careful when placing them on the victim.
- Rescuers should attempt to use a AED even if the low battery prompt is detected.
- Rescuers can use adult AED pads on a child but can not use child pads on a adult. Paediatric pads for infants will be available soon.
- By taking a CPR course such as CPR level “C” candidates learn to save the lives of loved ones, family members, co-workers and friends.
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