Dr. Dave Krueger, cardiologist with the Yakima Heart Center, appeared on KIT 1280 on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, to encourage Yakima residents to attend the fifth annual Save-a-Life Blitz to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED. The Save-a-Life Blitz of 2014 is Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Yakima Convention Center, 10 N. 8th St., Yakima. English-language sessions will be at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. A session will be offered in Spanish at 11 a.m. Read on to learn more… The importance of CPR If CPR is performed in the first moments after cardiac arrest, it doubles a person’s chance of survival. CPR keeps blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs until emergency help arrives. For untrained rescuers, the American Heart Association advises to begin CPR with chest compressions. Studies have shown that using chest compressions only is just as effective in re-starting a failing heart as doing the full version of CPR. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) During sudden cardiac arrest, the heart is often in a state of ventricular fibrillation (VF). The ventricles are “fluttering” rather than pumping blood. CPR can help circulate oxygen-rich blood to the brain. However, according to the American Heart Association, to get the heart back into rhythm requires a shock from a defibrillator. What are they?
- An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device.
- It checks a person’s heart rhythm. It can recognize a rhythm that requires a shock. And it can advise the rescuer when a shock is needed.
- The AED uses voice prompts, lights and text messages to tell the rescuer the steps to take.
- AEDs are very accurate and easy to use.
Where can I find an AED?
- AEDs are widely considered a public health tool and can be found in office buildings, malls, schools and sports stadiums.
Why are they important?
- AEDs can more than double the chance of survival for people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.
The Great Save-a-Life Blitz of 2014 Sat, Feb. 8 This is the fifth year of the event. Our goal is to train 1,000 people how to perform CPR and the safe use of an AED. We also will talk about the signs of stroke and how to respond to a choking event. This is not a certified training. New this year: A refresher booth, for people who have gone through the training before and just want a reminder or opportunity to practice. If you only have 10-15 minutes, it’s a good place to stop. Who can attend?
- Anyone who needs to refresh their CPR skills
- Anyone who wants to learn the proper use of an AED
- Children of middle school age and older as well as adults
- No registration needed.
- Participants will receive a free American Heart Association CPR Anytime kit, including an instructional DVD and a practice mannequin (while supplies last).
For more information about the Save-a-Life Blitz, visit savealifeyakima.org or call 574-5990.