CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is an effective procedure that helps blood flow through vital organs, even after you suffer a heart attack. This procedure allows the brain functions to remain fully intact.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a device that can be used to help you if you experience sudden cardiac arrest.
If an individual is non-responsive, unconscious, and not exhibiting normal breathing, then the following actions must be taken:
- Call 911 immediately;
- Summon the automated external defibrillator (AED) to be brought to the victim immediately;
- Initiate CPR immediately;
- Continue CPR until the paramedics arrive; and
- Once the AED arrives, apply the AED.
If you suffer cardiac arrest and CPR or an AED is performed in a timely fashion, your chances of having a full recovery increase significantly.
It is important that businesses and public entities which have AED equipment on-site have the training and a plan in place to ensure that staff knows where the equipment is and how to use it because every second counts during a cardiac arrest event.
Every Second Counts
Arrhythmia prevents the heart from adequately pumping blood. As a result, the brain is put at risk along with other organs of the body. The brain is the most sensitive of all to the deprivation of oxygen. Chest compressions at 100-120 per minute serve to keep an artificial heartbeat going until the heart can be returned to a normal sinus rhythm with an electric shock. The compressions rhythmically squeeze the heart thereby keeping blood flowing through the aorta to protect the brain until the shock can be administered and the heart returned to normal.
If you lose consciousness and stop breathing normally, it is critical that someone performs CPR on you right away.
For every second without CPR, your chances of survival decrease.
However, if you receive CPR immediately after suffering cardiac arrest, you have a much better chance of survival.
We Can Help
If you are the injured victim of another’s negligence, you may be owed compensation for your losses. Our team has handled cases involving the negligent failure to properly administer emergency response, including, but not limited to, failing or delaying a call to 911, failing or delaying CPR, and/or failing to use or delaying the use of an AED device. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled team right away to learn more about how we can help with your case. We have helped many other people in similar situations and we will do everything we can to help you too.