Recently a 20-year old man was saved in a Chick-fil-A parking lot by the on-duty manager, Tauya Nenguke, in Chula Vista California.
Nenguke discovered the man unconscious, surrounded by his worried friends, next to a vehicle and immediately began chest compressions. Nenguke coached the man’s friends to preform chest compressions on the victim and the group took turns while waiting for the paramedics to arrive. The 22-year old aspiring nurse states, “I knew this guy was out.” It was like “instincts just took over; this was truly an eye-opener to my calling to be in health care.”
If it wasn’t for Nenguke’s quick action and training, the young man may not have survived.
How Can You Spot Cardiac Arrest?
Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition that occurs from a lack of heart function, breathing and consciousness. If you see a loved one suddenly collapse, you should:
- Check their pulse
- Observe if they are breathing
- Dial 911
Cardiac arrest can happen without any warning, but sometimes there are signs leading up to the incident. These include:
- Shortness of breath and wheezing
- Chest discomfort
- Heart palpitations
How Can You Help a Victim Experiencing Cardiac Arrest?
Fortunately, victims of cardiac arrest can be saved if treated within minutes; proper training and a sense of urgency is crucial in these kinds of emergency situations.
Even if you are not sure if an individual is experiencing cardiac arrest you should call 911. If the individual doesn’t seem to be breathing or you can’t find a pulse, it is best to begin chest compressions and rescue breaths, also known as CPR, until a medical professional arrives.
If you are in a public place, it is best to employ another person to call 911 and seek out an AED while CPR is performed. These steps should continue until an EMT arrive.
Schedule CPR Training in Philadelphia
Do you know what to do in an emergency? If not, it’s time to schedule CPR and AED training.
Cardiac Care & Safety, Inc. is one of the Philadelphia’s leading safety training and CPR first aid companies specializing in a variety of training services for individuals, groups and businesses. With over 20 years of experience, CCS works to train and empower individuals with the correct preparedness tools to confidently execute life-saving skills in emergency situations.
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