|The Kiss of Life.|
|There is lip service & then there is lip service!|
This is not a normal motorcycle article, but I think it’s important and still applies, so hang with me for a few minutes. Having just successfully completed my course, its lingering effects still resting a bit heavily upon my lips, I wanted to share some statistics and information with you. Maybe you’ll even decide that your lips also need a good workout.
|A kiss can be love & life!|
Here is where the motorcycle bit comes in also… Who are you most likely to be riding with? Yep, your family and friends. How would you feel if you could help them? Is 1-30 minutes of possible action worth 8-12 hours of training time (with some additional time to keep updated every year)? How would you feel if you couldn’t do anything but watch?
- Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation goes back to 1740 when the Paris Academy of Sciences officially recommended it for drowning victims. H2
- Dr. Friedrich Maass performed the first equivocally documented chest compression in humans in 1891. H2
- The world's first mass citizen CPR training wasn’t until 1972, when Leonard Cobb held one in Seattle, Washington. It was called Medic 2 and he helped train over 100,000 people the first two years of the programs. H2
- Operated assisted CPR became a standard 911/dispatcher practice in 1981. H2
- Less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive. H1
- Less than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR. H1
- Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. H1
- About 5,900 children 18 years old and under suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year from all causes – including trauma, cardiovascular causes and sudden infant death syndrome. H1
- At least one child dies from choking on food every five days in the U.S., and more than 10,000 children are taken to a hospital emergency room each year for food-choking injuries. (according to the NYS Department of Health) BE
- Accidental injuries, including choking and drowning, are the leading cause of death in children and send over 16 million kids a year to the emergency room. BE
- Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) kills over 900 adults each day in the USA. That is about 335,000 of the 550,000 annual deaths from coronary heart disease. CD
- Around 75% of cardiac arrests happen in people's homes so you will probably perform CPR on a family member or friend. CD
- There is yet to be a documented case of HIV being transmitted due to performing CPR. CD, BE
Do you ever wonder if having those small AED boxes at work, school, or church matter (or are worth the $1000-$5000)?
Here are a couple of statistics from our Red Cross First aid book and our teacher:
- For every second that AED is delayed in a cardiac arrhythmia emergency the patient’s chances of survival are reduced by about 10%. So, if it takes you five minutes to get and use the AED, you’ve already reduced your patient’s chance of survival by 50%. Wow! Does that give you the chills? It gave them to me.
- AED use has upped cardiac emergency survival by about 70%. Again- Wow, worth it!
See how fast “it” can happen and how effective AED is…. for a 12 year old girl!
Go forth. Get swollen lips the hard way and be proud of your bruising. Lock lips for life!
H2 American Heart Association CPR history
BE B.E.CPR statistics
CD CPR Dude statistics
American Red Cross