COVID-19 hasn’t changed the need for Defibrillators being readily available. COVID-19 cases will go up and down with time, with most positives recovering in fine fashion. Our heart is a finely tuned machine. It normally functions without fail thankfully. When it does fail however the need for rapid defibrillation and CPR can’t be underestimated.
Why CPR-The need for CPR is absolutely critical. CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), with its minimal blood flow increase, helps keep vital organs alive. In addition, it has been noted that some patients who are down and unresponsive, may outwardly look like a Cardiac Arrest patient, but are in fact a patient with low blood pressure, or reduced blood flow. Rapid CPR at this point can increase blood flow, and save a patient’s life. Were it not for rapid CPR intervention, many of these patients might go into a full cardiac arrest, and perish. Simple Hard, fast chest compressions may well be life-saving. Most times compression only CPR is all that is needed.
There are times when a cardiac arrest event has progressed to the point where a patient’s heart has stopped pumping blood. At times, the heart simply quivers, and does not pump blood. It is at this time, with a patient in V-Fib (Ventricular Fibrillation) that an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and CPR can and have been life-saving. Wherever you are, receiving proper training, on a regular basis, assures your constant readiness, to assure a proper response when a fellow human being suddenly needs your help.
The next edition of Brian’s corner will cover times when the addition of breathing to compressions may improve outcomes.