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The Three Types of Bleeding and How to Stop Them

Venous Bleeding

Saying that heavy bleeding is a medical emergency seems fairly obvious, but what most people don’t realize is that you only need to lose around a fifth of your blood before your blood pressure starts to crash and your heart begins to struggle to pump an adequate supply of blood around your internal organs.   This lack of a supply of oxygenated blood advances to a condition called hypovolemic shock, and is ultimately deadly if left untreated.   So, all bleeding is dangerous, but not all bleeding is the same and the treatments are also different. In this article, we’ll..

The 7 Essential Steps of CPR

Essential Steps of CPR

Quick and effective application of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can double or triple the survival chances of someone suffering from a cardiopulmonary arrest.    While there is no replacement for the kind of affordable, quality CPR classes that Northwest offers, there are seven easy steps that you can use to assist someone who is experiencing a life-threatening emergency.     Call the emergency services - The first thing you should do in any emergency situation is to call the emergency services as fast as possible.    Not only does that mean that an ambulance will already be on its way, but..

The Lifesaver Is an AED and a CPR Coach

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According to 2014 data, nearly 45 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA )victims survived when bystander CPR was administered. However, the 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics state that among the 356,000 OHCA that occurred, only around or 46% received bystander CPR.   Knowing how to perform CPR accurately can be the difference between saving a life or losing one. However, not everyone is aware of how to perform CPR, and even those who are can be unwilling to use those skills because of a fear of marking the situation worse.   Tech start-up the VanBerlo Agency is attempting to..

Are There Alternatives to CPR?

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There is no doubt that CPR saves lives, but the method has been around since 1956 and not all cardiac arrest situations are the same, which means there have been attempts to improve on the tried and tested methods of CPR and some new methods developed to deal with specific circumstances.   In this article, we’ll be looking at some of these CPR alternatives. We are not suggesting you use any of them. Stick to the CPR techniques you have been trained to use and let the qualified EMS staff try the more complicated stuff. High-Frequency Chest Compressions High-frequency chest..

Womanikin Attachment Seeks to Address Gender Disparities in CPR

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When someone stops breathing, or the heart stops beating, he or she typically can survive for only 4 to 6 minutes before lack of oxygen can result in brain damage or death and over 70% of all cardiac and breathing emergencies occur in the home when a family member is present and available to help a victim.   The American Heart Association estimates that 100,000 to 200,000 lives of adults and children could be saved each year if CPR were performed early enough, however, women are 27% less likely than men to receive CPR from bystanders in public.   Research..

Automated CPR Machines Save Lives

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There is no denying that CPR saves lives. It is estimated that around 200,000 adults and children in the US are saved every year from the prompt application of CPR. According to 2014 data, nearly 45 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survived when bystander CPR was administered.    However, to be effective, CPR must be continuous and emergency circumstances often prohibit this. Paramedics needing to evacuate a casualty from a building often cannot perform CPR at the same time. However, a new breed of Automated CPR Machines could be the solution to this problem. Automated CPR In place of..

How Massage Therapists Can Learn to Recognize A Heart Attack

heart attack concept

Coronary heart disease accounted for approximately 13% of deaths in the US in 2016, causing 363,452 deaths. According to data from 2005 to 2014, the estimated annual incidence of a heart attack in the US was 605,000 new attacks and 200,000 recurrent attacks.   That means that in the United States in 2019, coronary events are expected to occur in about 1,055,000 individuals, including 720,000 new and 335,000 recurrent coronary events.    Approximately every 40 seconds, an American will have a myocardial infarction and 370,000 of those who do suffer a heart attack will die.   With numbers that large,..

The Differing Symptoms of Heart Attacks in Men and Women

Symptoms of Heart Attacks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States for both men and women. Each year, over 735,000 people have a heart attack in the United States.   Despite the numbers of heart attack victims being roughly equal between then genders, more women than men die every year from a heart attack and women are also more likely to suffer a second heart attack within five years of the first.   This is, in part, because the symptoms of a heart attack differ between men and women. In this..

First Aid for Asthma Sufferers

Asthma Sufferers

Asthma is defined as an incurable chronic disease in which the lining of the bronchial tubes inflames and swells, causing difficulty breathing. It is extremely common in the US, with approximately 25 million people in the United States suffer from asthma, and 235 million all over the world.    Despite the number of people who suffer asthma attacks every year, about 1.7 million people go to the emergency room each year for asthma attacks, and more than 450,000 are hospitalized, many people don’t know exactly what to do to help a person suffering an asthma attack.    Thankfully, the fatality..

The Importance of AED Training

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Before we go into why we need AED training; we need to explore what an AED device is.  AED is the abbreviation for Automated External Defibrillator. The AED is an important step in helping save a life. An AED is a machine that can be transported and utilized for the automatic diagnosis of life-endangering cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia.     The AED was invented as the transportable version of the defibrillator in the middle 1960s by a Frank Pantridge of Belfast, Northern Ireland. When a person has been trained at using an AED it permits them..