"What To Do In A Cardiac Emergency"
This message brought to you by Dr. Eric Zoog, Baptist Emergency Services
Cardiac arrest strikes immediately and without warning. When an adult suddenly collapses, can not be awakened and gasps for air or is not breathing at all, quickly start chest compressions, retrieve an automated external defibrillator if available, and then call 911.
CCR, or CardioCerebral Resuscitation has improved survival rates over traditional CPR by 250 percent; it's easier to do and there is no mouth to mouth contact. Put the heel of one hand on the breast bone, other hand on top, lock elbows and use your upper body weight to compress the chest at 100 beats per minute. Think of compressing to the beat of the song of "Staying Alive."
Do not worry about breaking ribs or bones. You do not have to be certified. And the Good Samaritan law protects you.
Baptist's Cardiac Arrest Center begins in the field. Your hands are their heart.
For CCR instructions, visit www.mbhs.org.