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9 August 2018

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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – The reasons why we do it.

We should “make every minute count,” as the saying goes.

When someone has a cardiac arrest and their heart has stopped beating, this saying is extremely important. The next decision you make could mean the difference between life and death for them. Seconds and minutes count when someone’s heart stops beating.

People frequently enquire, “How long will it take for an ambulance to arrive?” – There are numerous factors that influence this, but we’ll use 10 minutes as an example. It can certainly be much more in many cases and many locations.

They claim that if nothing is done following a cardiac arrest, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10% for every minute that no treatment is provided while waiting for an ambulance and defibrillation. Waiting for an ambulance, regardless of how quickly it arrives, could significantly reduce their chances of survival. Using the 10% drop in survival rate for each minute help is delayed, the casualty may be beyond medical help by the time the ambulance arrives in 10 minutes.

However, if CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is started as soon as someone collapses, their survival rate drops by no more than 3% for every minute they wait for help. Even if the ambulance takes ten minutes to arrive, the casualty has a 70% chance of survival when CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is administered!

These are not scientifically created figures, but they are widely accepted in a cardiac arrest situation.

If a defibrillator is immediately available and used, the chances of survival are greatly increased. It is not difficult to see why every workplace should have a defibrillator ready to use in an emergency. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) works by assisting the heart in pumping blood into the arteries throughout the body, keeping brain cells alive until the heart can be restarted with an electric shock from a Defibrillator.

There are many success stories where CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) saved a person’s life, but many cardiac arrest victims do not get that chance because people refuse to start CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and/or businesses do not have a Defibrillator.

It’s understandable if some people are hesitant to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. However, this should never be used as an excuse to do nothing; chest compressions alone can save a life. Remember, any attempt at resuscitation is preferable to none. Every second counts, so I urge you to consider enrolling your company in a first aid course and, if possible, purchasing a defibrillator.

A life saved could cost the equivalent of one cup of coffee per day…..

What is Agonal Breathing?

Agonal breathing is a distressing and abnormal pattern of breathing that occurs in individuals experiencing a severe medical emergency, often on the brink of death. This type of breathing is a response of the body’s nervous system to a critical lack of oxygen reaching the brain. Agonal breaths are typically irregular, gasping, and shallow, and they can be accompanied by choking or gurgling sounds.

The term “agonal” comes from the Greek word “agon,” which means struggle or contest. In the context of agonal breathing, it refers to the body’s desperate struggle to maintain oxygenation despite a failing cardiopulmonary system. Agonal breathing is most commonly observed in cases of cardiac arrest, where the heart ceases to pump effectively, leading to a sudden loss of blood flow and oxygen delivery to vital organs, including the brain.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving emergency procedure performed on individuals experiencing cardiac arrest or other situations where their heart has stopped beating or is beating abnormally. The primary objective of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is to maintain blood circulation and oxygen supply to the brain until professional medical help can be provided.

When someone is experiencing agonal breathing, it is crucial to recognize the severity of the situation and take immediate action. If you encounter a person showing signs of agonal breathing, it is essential to call for emergency medical assistance right away. While waiting for help to arrive, if you are trained in CPR, you may need to initiate chest compressions and rescue breaths to try and keep the person’s blood circulating and oxygenated. Prompt and effective CPR can significantly increase the chances of survival until advanced medical care can be administered.

Agonal breathing is a critical sign that someone is in urgent need of medical intervention, and recognizing it promptly can make a significant difference in the outcome of the emergency situation. It is crucial to act quickly and confidently, whether by performing CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or seeking immediate professional assistance, to provide the best chance of survival for the person in distress.

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