When Most of Us Fail to Respond!
Jamie Foxx is the last in a long list of celebrities who have jumped into an emergency situation to help save a life. In January (2016) he was credited with helping “rescue a man whose pickup truck crashed and caught fire in front of Foxx’s home.”
Reports in the media claim that Dustin Hoffman, Sean Penn, Patrick Dempsey, Heidi Klum, and dozens of other silver screen superstars have been spotted rushing into emergency scenes while waiting for emergency services personnel to respond.
Dempsey used a crowbar to pry open the doors of a crushed car. Klum pulled children and nannies from the undertow of dangerous ocean waves. Penn waded through the toxic post-Katrina hurricane waters and rescued forty people. Harrison Ford has flown his helicopter to search and rescue those in trouble, including hikers and lost Boy Scouts.
While paramedics were still in route to help a gunshot victim, Sean Hayes of “Will and Grace” fame was on the scene and used a piece of clothing to stop the victim’s bleeding.
You don’t have to be a medical professional or a celebrity to be a super hero and save someone’s life if he or she needs CPR, First Aid, or just a helping hand out of a burning truck.
Unfortunately, however, most Americans are not like their Super Star Heroes. Only 46% of cardiac arrest victims, for example, get help from a bystander, according to the American Heart Association webpage page focused on “CPR Facts and Stats.”
We tend to think that a call to 911 is the best that we can do to rescue our loved ones. Is that wise?
More data from the AHA shows that proper CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival in a situation where 90% of the victims is suffering out-of-hospital cardiac arrests usually perish. It’s a tragic mistake to miss the opportunity to help. Since most cardiac arrests occur in the home, the life that you put at risk by not responding before EMS personnel arrive will most likely be a wife, husband, or child.
The most recent studies of the average US EMS response time ranges from nine to fifteen minutes. Although Dustin Hoffman didn’t administer CPR to help save this jogger’s life, the EMS team arrived within only two minutes and Hoffman was able to give a helpful history of events to the rescuers.
If the EMS team hadn’t been so quick, would the outcome have been as good? A victim’s chance of survival falls 7-10% every minute without CPR until defibrillation.
Perhaps those who don’t respond with direct CPR hesitate because they aren’t sure of what to do and have concerns about bodily fluid exposure during mouth to mouth resuscitation.
By attending a certified CPR and First Aid training class, you not only increase your confidence for responding, but you also hear the latest research in techniques to use. A CPR trained individual, for example, knows that the American Heart Association has endorsed hands-only chest compression CPR response before EMS arrives as a way to increase survival rates.
300,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur each year in the United States. Most of us are not superstars, but we all have greater potential to be superheroes by learning effective CPR. And who knows? The next CPR or First Aid class you attend may include a superstar or two, brushing up on his life-saving skills.
The Beating Heart Center certified CPR and First Aid training classes are inexpensive and accessible every day of the week in the San Diego, California area. Find out more information about Beating Heart Center’s CPR and First Aid training class schedules, certification and learning gamification modules here.