ARTICLES ON HEALTH
June Is Time For Summer Fun & CPR Awareness
featuring Heather Hager, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ANCP-BC, ENP-BC, CEN, CCRN
– Emergency Medicine
Summer is here! It’s the season for pool parties, cookouts with neighbors, games and other fun backyard activities. However, would you know what to do if a family member or friend experienced sudden cardiac arrest?
Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs. According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the U.S. each year, which makes it a leading cause of death. Unfortunately, a majority of Americans do not know how to help or care for someone experiencing this type of distress.
Heather Hager in SCH’s Emergency Department encourages everyone to learn how to do CPR. In just two simple steps — calling 911 and pushing hard and fast in the center of the victim’s chest — you could help save a life while first responders are en route to the scene. The most effective speed for chest compressions is 100 to 120 compressions per minute — similar to the rhythm of the Bee Gee’s song “Stayin’ Alive.”
To learn more and view a CPR video, visit the American Heart Association’s website at www.onlineAHA.org or download the First Aid and CPR smartphone app.