A young life was saved, in New Hampshire, recently because of the actions taken by bystanders giving CPR and the use of an AED. This is a reminder that cardiac arrest emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone. Several years ago, New Hampshire began an initiative called Heartsafe Communities, to improve the chain of survival from cardiac arrest in towns across the state. To be designated as Heartsafe, a community needs to demonstrate steps it has taken to improve the chain of survival from cardiac arrest. This includes training more citizens to do CPR and increasing the number of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) among first responders such as police and in public locations, like schools and businesses. The more people who are trained to act swiftly the more lives we can save. There is much we can do to improve survival rates from cardiac arrest. Teaching students CPR skills before they graduate high school will enable them to possibly, someday, save a life. Advocates can encourage their towns to seek Heartsafe designation. And businesses, such as health clubs, can get AEDs and be prepared to save lives if and when such an emergency happens.
3 Feb 2014