Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims the lives of about 450,000 Americans annually? Often, an arrhythmia, or erratic heart rhythm, can cause SCA. Even individuals who are cleared with a clean bill of health can typically see heart irregularities without warning! If you find yourself in a situation where someone around you goes into cardiac arrest, it is important to know how to handle the situation.
Recently, we popped in to visit a long-time customer, Bucks Physical Therapy, and had the opportunity to reminisce about a successful emergency preparedness story that took place during a patient’s treatment.
CPR Training Saves a Life
In 2015, days after we had completed a CPR-recertification course with the Bucks physical therapists, a patient went into SCA while jogging on the treadmill. Fortunately, the therapist (pictured with Jim Spaulding) had just attended our course and sprang into action. He began preforming immediate CPR while another bystander called 911 and grabbed their on-site AED.
Our CPR trainers always encourage 911 dialers to stand on the street level of their building to flag down the ambulance. This can save precious time when emergency medical assistance is required fast. The Bucks PT bunch followed those instructions, which made all of the difference!
It was later reported that the patient had suffered an aortic dissection, also known as a widow maker. (The name is as scary as it sounds and usually deadly.) In these cases, we aren’t always lucky to hear such a favorable outcome; however, due to an on-site AED and the fast-acting crew at the Bucks Physical Therapy facility, the patient made a full recovery!
CPR Training with Cardiac Care & Safety
For decades, we have trained thousands of businesses around the tri-state area for situations just like this. Our training programs are engaging and informative and our trainers make scheduling convenient by traveling to you!