Dr Bret Wilson

Learn to Save a Life

Dr Bret Wilson
Dr. Bret Wilson

Learn to Save a Life
Bret A Wilson, DC

Imagine you are walking along a hiking trail and you come across another person who is unconscious.  You are at a football game and a fellow spectator clutches their chest and falls to the ground.   What would you do if, while enjoying  a day on the water, a friend or family member nearly drowns and is in need of help?  How would you respond to these situations?  Call for emergency services and administer cardio pulmonary resuscitation or CPR.  Your actions can help save a life and buy time until emergency services can arrive.

CPR Training

Training is available in CPR.  Classes are typically just a few hours and review the guidelines and procedures you will need to know to administer CPR.  There are both guidelines for the general public (baby sitters, teachers, daycare workers, individuals) and professionals (EMS, doctors, nurses).  Taking a class can help give you the confidence to respond in an emergency.  The American Red Cross, the American Heart association and many local organizations, fire departments and hospitals offer the training.

Chest Compressions Alone

Recently research has shown chest compressions alone, without the rescue breathing, is nearly as effective.  These guidelines indicate that for the untrained, or in a situation that might call into question the safety of rescue breathing, compressions alone may circulate enough blood and oxygen to help someone until medical help arrives.  So even without training, it is better to try compressions than to do nothing.

AED (Automatic Electric Defibrillator)

You are seeing more of these devices in public places, work, schools and recreational areas.  The device helps to correct an irregular heart beat, or helps the heart to resume beating.  The American Heart association AED fact sheet states “Each year, more than 295,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) outside of a hospital.  CPR and early defibrillation with an automated external defibrillator (AED) more than doubles a victim’s chance of survival”.  Information can be found on implementing an AED program at your place of business, organization or school.  Most CPR classes include training in use of the device.  The device typically will be labeled and give you auditory instruction on how to apply the device and administer CPR.

Be prepared for these types of emergencies and save someone’s life!

Yours In Health

Bret Wilson, DC.