By Sandee LaMotte, CNN Updated 4:34 AM ET, Mon March 9, 2020 Source Article
(CNN) It only takes two hands to save a life.
Your two hands, pushing strongly on the chest bone in a regular beat, can take the place of a heart that has stopped.
In essence, you become the heart, pumping valuable oxygen-rich blood to the brain and all of the vital organs, slowing the countdown to death.
“The chance of survival goes down by 10% for every minute without CPR,” said Dr. Comilla Sasson, vice president of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care department. “It’s a 10-minute window to death in many cases.”
DALLAS, Feb. 12, 2020 — More people are surviving sudden cardiac arrest thanks to improved systems of care during and until hospital discharge. However, systems of care after hospital discharge, when many sudden cardiac arrest survivors are known to suffer from physical, cognitive and emotional problems, are lacking and need to be addressed, according to “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivorship: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association,” a new statement published today in the Association’s flagship journal Circulation.
By Sam Borcia | January 24, 2020 5:48 PM LAKE & MCHENRY COUNTY SCANNER
A junior at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake is being recognized after she successfully performed CPR on a man and saved his life, officials said.
Calista Pollack, a junior at Prairie Ridge High School, relied on her CPR training from health class to save a man’s life, school officials said.
“She dropped her brother off for his Eagle Scout project when a man was in need of medical attention. They were on the phone with 911, and the dispatcher told Pollack to begin compressions and start counting,” the school said.
“I did compressions for about three minutes until the paramedics came,” Pollack said. She was able to stabilize his condition until Crystal Lake firefighters and paramedics arrived.
An international research consortium, which included faculty members from the University of Minnesota Medical School, was able to identify what is likely an optimal combination of chest compression frequency and depth when performing CPR.
The investigation was led by Sue Duval, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Biostatistics at the U of M Medical School, assisted by an international team of resuscitation investigators based at UT Southwestern, Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, the University Hospital of Grenoble Alpes in France, and Toho University in Tokyo, Japan.
The findings, published in JAMA Cardiology, suggest the combination of 107 compressions per minute and a depth of 4.7 cm (about 2 inches) in the first five minutes of CPR can be associated with significantly improved outcomes when Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rescuers are treating cardiac arrest outside the hospital.
(CNN) A baby from Scottsville, Kentucky, is back home with his family after being saved by a police officer.
Aiden, who is 19 months old, stopped breathing on Wednesday morning, and his family called 911. As police arrived on the scene he was already turning blue and was cold to the touch, according to officers, but Scottsville Police Sgt. James Talbott jumped into action.