Types of Defibrillator – Overview & Uses

Defibrillators are critical tools for doctors and surgeons, often crucial in helping to restart a patient’s heart. There are five main types of defibrillators, each with unique features and success rates. AEDs, certain types of pacemakers, and other tools often fall under the technological umbrella of “defibrillator”.  What is a Defibrillator? The function of CPR…

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ACLS vs. BLS – What’s the Difference

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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) are techniques used to help save lives during cardiac arrest. With proper training, these techniques are effective primary responses to cardiac emergencies.  Despite what many may think, ACLS vs. BLS is very different depending on the training and techniques that are needed to save the…

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What CPR Stands For & How To Perform It

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What is CPR? The American Heart Association has identified CPR as an essential link in the chain of survival for victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). SCA can strike anywhere at any time and victims of SCA must be treated immediately. If CPR is performed immediately, it can double or triple the chance of survival from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Being…

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What is the Bystander Effect?

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The bystander effect refers to reluctance by witnesses to help a person in distress such as a medical emergency, when there are other people present. In the context of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), bystanders may refrain from dialing 911, offering CPR, or using an AED on the person in need.   Common Reasons for Bystander Hesitancy…

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Study Indicates AEDs are Saving Lives in Schools

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Placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools is an efficient way to curb out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest (OHCA) deaths if a recent study carried out by researchers at New York University College of Nursing is to go by. Schools represent one of the most important frontiers in the fight against (OHCA). In the US, health organizations…

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CPR vs. AED Training: What’s the Difference?

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Life is full of surprises, it pays to be prepared! Each day in the U.S., over 1,000 people suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Of those, only 10% survive.  If you are in a situation where someone is experiencing SCA, delivering CPR and using an AED device can be the difference between life and death—and knowing when…

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How to Determine If Someone Is Unresponsive & What To Do

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Imagine walking through the grocery store and seeing someone fall to the ground. Do you know how to determine if a person is unresponsive?  How should you assist the person until trained emergency medical personnel arrive? Would you know how to treat an unconscious person?  We will explore some recommended ways to assist, should you…

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2020 AHA Updates on Maternal Resuscitation from Cardiac Arrest

2020 AHA Updates on Maternal Resuscitation from Cardiac Arrest

Sudden Cardiac Arrest in pregnant women is a dangerous and complex condition owing to the presence of two patients (mother and fetus) as well as the need for immediate treatment. The newly released 2020 AHA CPR & EGG guidelines provide a framework to optimize resuscitation for in-hospital maternal cardiac arrest victims. The guidelines, created by leading physicians and…

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