October 16, 2021 Restart a Heart Day - Introduction to CPR and AED
The next Restart a Heart Day will take place on 16 October 2021.
Nihon Kohden Europe, along with Nihon Kohden UK LTD, the British Heart Foundation, the British Heart Foundation, HCA Healthcare, The Portland Hospital for Women and Children, the CJ Fitness Booth Camp, will be offering CPR and AED educational activities and explain best practices to the general public on what to do in the event of a heart attack.
What is Cardiac Arrest?
CARDIAC ARREST occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly.
Cardiac arrest is an “ELECTRICAL” problem, triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat so-called arrhythmia. With its pumping action disrupted, the heart cannot pump blood to the brain, lungs and other organs.
What Happens?: A person becomes unresponsive, and seconds later is not breathing or is only gasping. Death occurs within minutes if the victim does not receive treatment.
What to Do? Cardiac arrest can be reversible in some victims if it's treated within a few minutes.
- First, call your local emergency number and start CPR right away.
- Then, if an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is available, use it as soon as possible.
- If two people are available to help, one should begin CPR immediately while the other call your local emergency number and finds an AED.
Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death that affects thousands of people annually with about three-quarters of them occurring in the home.
Why is CPR important?
Cardiac arrests have not stopped during the coronavirus pandemic. If you have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, you have less than a one in ten chance of surviving.
We want to change that by making sure that as many people as possible know that when someone collapses and stops breathing normally, it is important to quickly call local emergency services, perform hands-only CPR and use a defibrillator. This gives mums, dads, sons, daughters, friends and loved ones the best chance of surviving. Hands-only CPR reduces your risk of catching an infection, and without intervention, it’s unlikely the person in cardiac arrest will survive.