Thursday, June 10, 2010

Everyone Needs A Squishy Ambulance

In response to the fact that people don't want to put their mouths on strangers, and research that indicates that chest compression is the most important aspect of CPR, both the American Heart Association and The American Red Cross have new campaigns:

Hands Only CPR
(American Heart Association)

When an adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, his or her survival depends greatly on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Unfortunately, less than 1/3 of those people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location get that help. Most bystanders are worried that they might do something wrong or make things worse. That’s why the AHA has simplified things.

Watch this short video and save a life.

CPR For Everyone
(American Red Cross)

In any life-threatening emergency, the most important thing a bystander can do is call 9-1-1 right away. If you witness an adult that suddenly becomes unconscious and shows no signs of life (normal breathing and movement) and you are not confident in your ability to perform full CPR, Compression-Only CPR should be performed." says David Markenson, MD, Chair, American Red Cross Advisory Council on First Aid, Aquatics, Safety and Preparedness.

You can buy a nifty practice kit (with a squishy ambulance) for only $9.95.

Educate yourself. You have no excuse not to.
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