A Co-Worker is in Danger…Could You Help?

January 22, 2009

Take the Red Cross PopQuiz Challenge to Find Out!

1. The Cardiac Chain of Survival consists of a sequence of steps that are activated in response to an emergency in which a person suffers sudden cardiac arrest. Each link in the chain is critical. Put the links in the Cardiac Chain of Survival in the correct order.

1) Early defibrillation — delivers an electrical shock to the heart with an automated external defibrillator (AED)
2) Early advanced medical care — a team of medical professionals arrives and takes over by providing advanced care and transport to a medical facility
3) Early CPR — keeps oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs
4) Early recognition and early access — a bystander recognizes an emergency and calls 9-1-1 or the local emergency number

A. 1, 3, 2, 4
B. 3, 2, 4, 1
C. 4, 3, 1, 2

Answer: C. As a responder, you must first recognize an emergency before the rest of the Cardiac Chain of Survival can be put into motion. Early access to care is an important component to a successful outcome. Out of the remaining options in the list, early CPR is next. CPR keeps oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs and tissues. Early defibrillation with an AED (automated external defibrillator) is the third step out of those listed. An AED administers a shock that can allow the heart to restore an effective rhythm. In many states, AEDs are now available in public places for use by trained laypersons. Early advanced medical care is the next step. In this step, a team of emergency medical personnel provides care at the scene and transports the person to a hospital.
2.  A person is unconscious. Put the following steps in the correct order:

1) Tap the person and shout
2) Open airway
3) Check for signs of life (movement and normal breathing)
4) Check the scene for safety

A) 3, 2, 1, 4
B) 3, 2, 4, 1
C) 4, 1, 2, 3
D) 1, 3, 1, 2

Answer: C. When an emergency happens, Check-Call-Care are the three basic steps for you to take. As a responder, you must always check to make sure the scene is safe for you and any bystanders. Next, call your local emergency number for help. Then care for the person. Always care for life-threatening emergencies before those that are not life-threatening. The ABCs, which stands for airway, breathing and circulation, will aid you in determining what care the person needs. Determine if the person’s airway is open. Check for signs of life (movement and normal breathing).

3. If a choking person is coughing forcefully, what should you do?

A) Pat the person on the back forcefully
B) Give abdominal thrusts
C) Encourage the person to continue coughing
D) None of the above

Answer: C. If the person is coughing forcefully, he or she may cough the object up, eliminating the need for you to give care. Use a combination of back blows and abdominal thrusts when the person cannot cough forcefully, speak or breathe.

4. CPR is a combination of —

A) Chest compressions and abdominal thrusts
B) Chest compressions and rescue breaths
C) Abdominal thrusts and finger sweeps
D) Rescue breaths and abdominal thrusts

Answer: B. Chest compressions help to circulate blood containing oxygen to the vital organs. Rescue breaths supply the blood with oxygen until advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. When giving CPR, give cycles of 30 compressions and 2 rescue breaths. Continue CPR until —

  • Another trained responder takes over CPR for you.
  • Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel arrive and take over care of the person.
  • An automated external defibrillator (AED) becomes available.
  • You are exhausted and unable to continue.
  • The scene becomes unsafe.
  • Signs of life return.

5. You come upon a person who has pale or bluish skin color, cold skin and dull or sunken eyes. These are symptoms of which medical emergency?

A) High fever
B) Shock
C) Heart attack
D) None of the above

Answer: B, shock. Even if a person’s injuries aren’t life threatening, the person can go into shock and possibly die. Shock occurs when the person’s organs and tissues don’t get an enough of blood or oxygen. The person may be unconscious, but not always. Call for emergency help first, then follow these steps:

  • Maintain an open airway for breathing
  • Control obvious bleeding
  • Elevate the legs about 12 inches, unless the injury makes that impossible
  • maintain normal body temperature (prevent person from getting chilled or overheated)
  • Keep the person on his or her back, unless the person vomits (move person onto his or her side at that point).

How well did you do?

Knowing CPR and first aid can save a life.  Enroll in training today by contacting your local Red Cross Chapter at (815) 963-8471

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DID YOU KNOW: We can train you on CPR/AED & First Aid at your House?

September 10, 2008

The title of this post pretty much says it all.  We CAN train you in First, CPR/AED at your house, church, backyard, or anywhere else you can find some space.  The Red Cross will send out an Instructor, Books, Manikins, and all the supplies you may need.  The only thing you need is: A minimum of 8 people and place for us to conduct the class!  It’s really that simple!

This is a great thing for new mothers and fathers, for church groups, after school organization, or a Club.  But the possibilities are truly endless!

Our classes start at $50/participant.  So call me, Rahil, today at (815) 963-8471


6 Reasons to Learn CPR

May 14, 2008
  • 80% of Cardiac Arrests happen in the home
  • Only 6.4% of Cardiac Arrest Victims survive because people witnessing the incident do not know CPR
  • Over 200,000 people die of Sudden Cardiac Arrest every year.
  • 50,000 of the 200,000 deaths yearly could be prevented
  • For Every minute that an AED is unavailable, the victim has a 10% less chance of survival
  • Once the heart stops beating, brain death occurs in 4 to 6 minutes.Performing CPR provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs to give the victim the best chance of full recovery after EMS takes over.If CPR is given within the first four minutes of a cardiac arrest, the chances of survival double.
Call (815) 963-8471 and sign up for a CPR class today! Or visit our website at www.rockriver.redcross.org

Compression Only – First Aid and CPR for Everyone

May 14, 2008

As part of a national campaign encouraging Americans to Be Red Cross Ready, the American Red Cross has developed the First Aid and CPR for Everyone kit — an at-home tool for practicing compression-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

The First Aid and CPR for Everyone kit is a portable, reasonably priced practice tool that can be used at home, in the office, in classrooms or anywhere it is convenient to practice your skills. The box set features an illustrated guide to demonstrate hand placement on the chest and a compression practice tool to help measure just the right amount of pressure needed to properly administer chest compressions.

Other items included in the kit are the full-length DVD and Emergency First Aid Guide. The kit also includes a full-length instructional DVD, featuring Super Bowl XLI MVP Peyton Manning, with easy to follow outlines for basic first aid, building a first aid kit, warning signs of a stroke and what to do in a cardiac emergency. The accompanying Red Cross Emergency First Aid Guide is a useful tool to quickly reference the skills demonstrated on the DVD. As a bonus, the kit comes with the Emergency Action Steps Wallet Card, which offers instructions and a full pictorial on how to help someone suffering a cardiac emergency.

As the nation’s leading provider of CPR training, the Red Cross developed the First Aid and CPR for Everyone kit in order to address the merits of compression-only CPR and the public’s concern for performing rescue breathing. While this innovative product is not intended to replace the skills learned or the certification gained by participating in a Red Cross training course, the product does allow the public to become familiar with relevant lifesaving information and skills.

Put a new spin on your next holiday party or family get-together by throwing a CPR Party. Across the nation people are replacing the usual party games with CPR parties that are not only fun but help everyone learn potentially lifesaving skills. First Aid and CPR for Everyone makes a great party favor for people of all ages.

First Aid and CPR for Everyone, along with other unique holiday gifts, can be purchased online through the local Red Cross Chapter or online at MyRedCrossStore.org

To find out how to receive full Red Cross First Aid and CPR/ Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training and certification, contact your local chapter at 815.963.8471

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.

SOURCE American Red Cross