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June 1-7 is national CPR week

June 1-7 is national CPR week

More than 420,000 people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest. It is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Sudden cardiac arrest kills more people every year than breast, lung, colon and prostate cancer.

Passionate about CPR
Most of my nursing career has been as an ER nurse, a cardiology nurse and a nurse educator. I have performed CPR both in the hospital and in the field. I have seen firsthand the difference bystander CPR can make and I have sat in the ER with families crying, “If only I had known what to do.”

If you are called on to perform CPR, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: Seventy percent of all sudden cardiac arrest occurs at home.  When a person suffers cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. According to the American Heart Association, CPR performed immediately can double or even triple the victim’s chance of survival.

Use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) can also be used by bystanders just like you. It will tell you exactly what to do to shock the heart into a rhythm. All you have to do is turn it on and follow the prompts. To my knowledge, there have been 360 bystander uses of an AED this year in San Diego. One hundred and eleven lives were saved. The oldest person saved was 91 years old and the youngest was 11 years old.

Hands only CPR
Hands only CPR means that you can save a life without having to give breaths. Hands only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, work or in public. There are two easy steps to CPR, performed in this order: 1) Call 911 and 2) Push hard and fast (at a rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute) in the center of the chest. Think of the Bee Gees song Stayin’ Alive, it is in the range of 100-120 beats. The American Heart Association still recommends CPR with breaths for infants, children and victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.

Our community

Linda Mullvain, R.N.

We are blessed to live in a tight knit community where we take the time to know our neighbors and most of our friends are a short walk away. Our community is full of pools, tennis courts, basketball courts and athletic fields and we know most of the kids who play on them. Unfortunately, like everywhere else, traffic is getting worse. If you call 911 in San Diego, the best response time is anywhere from 8 to 13 minutes. For every minute that passes by without CPR, the chance of survival drops 10 percent. Can you imagine watching one of our kids go down on the field with cardiac arrest and no one knows what to do? You have to wait 8 minutes or more for help to come!

Schedule a CPR class today and be a link in the chain of survival. If you would like to schedule a CPR class, please contact us at thebeatgoeson100@gmail.com or call us at (858) 248-0040 and please visit our website at thebeatgoeson100.com.

We enjoy doing classes for our large corporate clients like Costco as well as our smaller classes for individuals.

Linda Mullvain, R.N. is a Scripps Ranch resident.  

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