Complete Guide to CPR/AED Training

The heart operates through electrical signals that alert it to pump blood. The electrical signal results in the ventricles contracting to squeeze blood out of the heart. After each contraction follows a relaxation whereby blood flows into the heart. When the heart is ailing from an injury or disease, its electrical activity is likely to disrupt. In the event, the circulation of blood through the body is insufficient. In most instances, the ventricles fibrillate or quiver in what is known as ventricle fibrillation (V-fib). The second instance is when the ventricles contract faster than usual, and it is known as ventricular tachycardia (V-tach)

The result of these is sudden cardiac arrest. The electric signals occur randomly, resulting in chaos within the heart. The limited supply of oxygen within the body causes the individual to collapse and stop breathing.  

V-tach and V-fib are, in most cases, rectifiable through electrical shock delivered by AED. The AED analyses the state of the heart and delivers an electrical shock (defibrillation). The shock enables the heart to restore its rhythm. Every minute delayed before CPR, and AED reduces the chances of survival by 10%. Therefore, everyone must learn skills in performing CPR and how to use the AED. 

Information on the use of the AED is essential as you never know the person you’ll use the skills on. Online CPR/AED certification courses are available at your convenience with no limitations and can be taken anywhere at any time. All required to take up the CPR/AED classes is your computer and internet connection.

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Why Do We Need AED Training and Where To Learn?

You’ve been informed that you need to acquire AED certification. However, it can be confusing as to which course it is you need to take. As a rule, the right choices are course offerings from the American Red Cross or the American Heart association. It’s also not unusual to find yourself frustrated- it can be confusing to choose the right AED/CPR certification for you.

Simply put, AEDs are life saving devices. Automated External Defibrillators make it possible for bystanders to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required, such as: Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

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Can You Get In Trouble for Performing CPR

The incident of Bakersfield California in which an 87-year-old woman lost her life due to the refusal of nurse for administering CPR to the victim women. The nurse did so because she followed the protocol of nursing home facility she was employed in. The 87-year-old women lost her pulse before EMS team arrived and was declared dead after she was taken to a local hospital. The dispatcher of EMS team filled a lawsuit against the nurse. This news spread like wildfire in media and was an eye opener for law makers and its enforcement agencies of California. This also raised several questions like what will be the consequences of not helping in emergency situations. or what if you fail while helping.

Well, this varies from state to state, and country to country, in U.S. civilians, have the immunity for any damage caused while performing CPR or using AED until they were found negligent under the 2000 Federal Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of the Congress. Good Samaritan Law is there in all states which lend protection to people administering CPR or using AED (with restrictions). In Minnesota not helping in an emergency situation is an offensive act of misdemeanor, while in Vermont you could receive a penalty of $ 100 in this case. A group of states including California and Nevada has amended their Good Samaritan Law, according to the law, it’s duty to help in emergencies. It is considered as a criminal offense if you don’t help in situations of crisis in Europe and several other countries.

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