Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency life-saving procedure performed when the heart stops beating, by delivering artificial breaths and manual chest compressions. The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest increases by two-to-three times when early, proficient CPR is performed by a bystander.
The Colerain Township Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services provides lay-person CPR and First Aid training upon request. CPR classes are also available for healthcare providers. All classes incorporate the use of an automated external defibrillation training device (AED-TD).
If you are interested in enrolling in a CPR class and it is required for your occupation (daycare providers, for ex.), please see your employer for your specific requirements prior to enrolling in a CPR class. Occupational CPR certification requirements differ from agency to agency, so be sure to inquire what you need specifically. Some employers will require a full healthcare provider certification while others may only require lay-person CPR.
CPR Program Coordinator
CPR FACTS AND STATS
- More than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States per year, out of which 70% happen inside homes
- Effective CPR provided by a bystander in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest can increase the chances of survival by 2x or 3x.
- According to AHA, the bystander should push the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute.
- CPR aids in maintaining vital flow of blood that to the brain and heart. It also aids in increasing the duration of electric shock provided via a defibrillator, thereby, making the process more effective.
- If a bystander does not perform CPR, the survival chances of a victim will decrease 7% in every single minute of delay.
- In addition to cardiac arrests, 7 million people, including children and adults suffer injuries every year in their homes or within similar environments. Use of CPR is commonly required in those medical emergencies.
- As per studies, 45% heart attacks occur among people under 65 years of age.
- As per AHA, 1 in 6 men and 1 in 8 women, above 45 years of age have had stroke or heart attack.
- 90 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest die prior to reaching a hospital or medical care facility.
- Less than 20 percent Americans are equipped to perform CPR during a medical emergency situation.( AHA Study). Are you in the 20%?
- 0 to 4 minutes - unlikely development of brain damage
- 4 to 6 minutes - possibility of brain damage
- 6 to 10 minutes - high probability of brain damage
- 10 minutes and over - probable brain damage
Sources: American Heart Association, National Institute of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention