Sudden cardiac arrest is the primary reason of death among grown ups, that are over age 40 in almost everywhere in the world. Approximately as many people die each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest also die from Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer and colorectal cancer, assault with firearms, cervical cancer, diabetes, HIV, prostate cancer, house fires, motor vehicle accidents and suicides combined. Nevertheless, with the use of an AED and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), survival rates increase to 38%. Study how to treat sudden cardiac arrest so that you’ll be acquainted with the things to do in an emergency.
1. Watch for a sudden collapse or fainting
An individual who has just been faced with cardiac arrest may lose consciousness and fall to the floor without caution. If such a thing happens where a person happens to faint or collapse, go over to the person right away.
2. Check for a pulse
If somebody has just had sudden cardiac arrest, then that individual will not have a pulse. Exam the person’s radial or carotid pulse to see if you can notice anything.
- The radial pulse is found on your wrist just beneath the base of the thumb/palm. Feel around the person’s wrist, using your index and middle finger on one hand till you find the pulse. If you can’t perceive a beating pattern, than there is no pulse.
3. See if the person is breathing
A person who has been faced with sudden cardiac arrest will also not be breathing. “Look, listen, and feel” if the individual is breathing or not. Stand in guard for lung movement to know if the person is receiving any oxygen. Remember that time is dangerous and every minute, that the person is without oxygen raises his risk of lasting brain damage.
- Put your hands, palms down, on the person’s chest. Then, check to see if you can feel or see an increase and fall of the chest signifying breathing. A substitute method is to listen for breathing by employing your ear near to the person’s mouth.
4. Determine if the person is alert
A person that has also encountered sudden cardiac arrest will not be attentive also. This indicates that if you say something to the person you will not get a reply by either responding or making any signs that you’ve been heard.
- A good way to check for consciousness is to ask in a loud voice, are you okay.
5. Tell someone to call 911 or call yourself if no one else is around
Above all things, this should be your first priority. Someone who has suffered sudden cardiac arrest will urgently require speedy medical attention and will need to be taken to a hospital for survival purposes. Ensure that you call for help right on the spot or have someone else do so.
- Do not just shout for anyone to call 911. If there are other people there, pick one person, look him in the eye and tell him to contact emergency services. Say something like, “You, the man in the red shirt! Call 911 now.”
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