Heart Smart? You'd Better Be!
600,000 people go into cardiac arrest each year. More than 80% of these happen at home and more than 90% of the victims won't make it to the hospital.
That doesn't have to be the case.
Five minutes of your time today could help keep a loved one alive until help arrives. Learn Sidewalk CPR.
Steps of the "new" Sidewalk CPR:
1) Call 911
2) Put your hands together and push hard at the center of the chest to the tune of the BeeGees' "Stayin' Alive."
3) Continue the compressions until paramedics arrive.
Your co-worker collapses. No heartbeat. You call 911 and begin your Sidewalk CPR (stayin' alive, stayin' alive). Paramedics arrive and bring out an Automated External Defribrillator (AED).
The new AEDs were demonstrated by Project Heartbeat at the Legoland Fun Run last month.
An AED is the most effective way to provide medical assistance to someone having a heart attack or cardiac arrest. AEDs provide an electrical shock to restart the heart and instruct the operator how to perform CPR. New AEDs are so sophisticated that they know how much of a shock the patient needs based on body size and how often they need to be shocked. Paramedics can then send this data to the hospital with the patient for immediate hospital analysis.
According to the Red Cross, quick access to AEDs could save 14% more victims. Unfortunately, most AEDs in our rural fire stations are technologically out of date or inoperative.
Hearts Touching Other Hearts
The San Diego County Fire Department is looking to the Fire Foundation for a grant to provide funding to replace 150 AEDs in rural fire stations to insure that every fire engine, rescue unit, water tender, and chief and utility vehicle has an operational unit. This is important not just for our rural residents, but for everybody in the County because half of the medical patients treated by our rural fire departments are city folks enjoying the mountains, deserts or just driving through the area.
At a cost of $1,500 each, the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation has set a goal to raise $225,000. While this is a significant amount, each AED can save a life for just $1,500.
Please help us provide this life saving equipment throughout San Diego County.
Watch an AED at work, with Project Heartbeat's Maureen O'Connor.