Preventing the unexpected is not always possible but expecting the unexpected can be invaluable for individuals and specially important for every health provider at large. We, at Bravo Dental, hold this to be very true.
Last December all our staff attended a CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and basic BLS (Basic Life Support) course training. The importance of knowing how to act on those first crucial and valuable minutes can define the successful outcome of a patient at cardiac arrest. Having the proper skill set while faced with an emergency can mean the successful resuscitation of a patient in critical condition.
As a rule of thumb, the first and foremost important thing to do while face with a possible stroke victim is to call 911.
The AHA (American Heart Association) recommended steps for resuscitation are known as DRS CAB:
- Check for Danger
- Check for a Response
- Send for help
- C directs rescuers to perform 30 Compressions to patients who are unresponsive and not breathing normally, followed by 2 rescue breaths
- A directs rescuers to open the Airway
- B directs rescuers to check Breathing but no need to deliver rescue breaths
- D directs rescuers to attach an AED as soon as it is available and follow prompts
If you are interested in being prepared for an emergency, it’s important to be educated and certified. Find a local BLS class and gain the tool set and knowledge necessary.