Recently I renewed my CPR AED certification. The two, CPR and AED are commonly used together to save the lives of victims of cardiac arrest. I think it would be amazing if everyone took a CPR AED class. I will admit that I might not have taken the class if my work did not require it but I am very glad I did take the class. No one ever wants to have to use this knowledge but if ever in such a situation arises; imagine how much better you would feel if you had training.
I think everyone is familiar with CPR—Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. It is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to restore spontaneous blood circulation in a person who is in cardiac arrest. It has been around for as long as I can remember. It is at the heart (pun intended) of first aid and emergency care. The American Heart Association estimates that 92,000 lives are saved because of CPR.
You may be less familiar with what an AED – Automated External Defibrillator is. It is a device that is used to shock the heart of someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. These devices are commonly found in many company professional offices, country clubs, government buildings, and park and recreational facilities. They make CPR more successful and honestly easier to do because once you open it up and turn it on a voice command leads you through life saving while supplying the patient with much needed electrical stimulation.
Here’s why an AED works:
Cardiac arrest is not the same thing as a heart attack.
Heart attack is a circulation problem where blood flow to the heart is blocked due to a problem in the circulatory system.
Cardiac arrest is an electrical problem that occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly due to the electrical system.
Are you wondering if your tennis facility or work has an AED on site? Find out by downloading an app to your phone from the app store. Then click on the app and it will tell you where the nearest registered AED is located. If there is not one at your tennis facility or work, you might take the lead in advocating for one. Yours just might be the life you save with it!