It is unfortunate that a heart attack, stroke, or any other kind of accident can show up out of nowhere every day. The thing though is that these situations can be helped more easily if more people had the knowledge and experience of lifesaving skills. Here is an introduction to 5 valuable lifesaving techniques that can mean the difference between life and death for a friend, loved one, or anyone else in your company.
One of the most common techniques that everyone needs to know, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the process of performing chest compression and artificial ventilation (mouth to mouth). This is done in order to maintain circulatory flow and oxygenation for someone who is going through cardiac arrest. It is recommended that someone untrained, or lacking in recent practice should only provide the chest compressions (uninterrupted compressions of 100 to 120 a minute).
There are times when cardiac arrest will happen, and at those moments the person is at high risk of death because the emergency response may not arrive in time. In order to help the person on the spot, they require immediate AED attention. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a light, portable emergency device that delivers a shock to the victim’s heart through their chest. Some AEDs use a button to deliver the shock. However, our AED devices deliver it automatically. The rescuer is guided through the steps of using the AED via voice narration. The device knows precisely when and when not to deliver a shock based on the person’s heart rhythm.
No matter the size of the bleeding, the key is to stop it as soon as possible. First, lay the person down and elevate the site of the bleeding. One must apply continuous pressure with a clean cloth or bandage. Do this for 15 minutes. Do not look to see if the bleeding has stopped.
Please do not perform the Heimlich maneuver unless you are sure that the person is choking. If the person is capable of coughing, then try to get them to cough up the food. If you are concerned about their ability to breathe, say that in your call 911 (911 should be called regardless). In order to perform the Heimlich maneuver, first stand or kneel behind the person and wrap your arms around their waist. If they are standing, put one of your legs between his or her legs in order to support them (in case they faint). Next, make a fist with one hand. Then put the thumb side of the fist against the person’s belly (above the belly button but below the breastbone. Grab your fist with your other hand, and give a quick upward thrust into the person’s belly. This may immediately cause the person to pop out the food. If not, do it again with more reasonable force. Repeat this until the food pops out or the person faints.
Spotting a Heart Attack or Stroke
The sooner someone spots a heart attack or stroke the better chance the victim has of surviving. As with all of these situations, the first thing you should do is have someone call 911 as soon as you recognize the situation, even if it is a potential one. Warning signs of a heart attack include chest discomfort that lasts for more than a few minutes, or comes back more than once. This often feels like uncomfortable squeezing, fullness, pressure, or pain. Other warning signs include shortness of breath, cold sweat, lightheadedness, nausea, and/or discomfort in other areas of the body. Warning signs of a stroke include face drooping/numbness, arm weakness, and speech difficulty.
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