Prepare for the Unexpected: CPR and Life Lessons


Here at Strategic America, we believe that being prepared is essential. The big thing with being prepared, though, is that ideally you can prepare for anything. While you can’t prepare for everything, you should prepare yourself for the important things.

Examples? Ok:

  1. A final exam: You should probably prepare for this so you don’t have to take Economics 102 again.
  2. A new baby: This is a no brainer. When the time comes, you’ll need a crib, plenty of bottles, diapers, and around 158 more items.
  3. A marathon: If you don’t prepare for this, you’ll be crawling the entire 26.2 miles.

    Not a marathon I would participate in. (Goggles?)

You get the picture. Big or small, it is important to be prepared. You can either prepare for something you know is going to happen (the expected), or prepare for something that might happen (the unexpected). Most of the time, it is the unexpected that we should prepare for.

More examples? OK:

Going to Happen (The Expected):

  1. A child’s first day of 2nd grade. You’re probably going to prepare for this by purchasing nearly everything on that list of items the school sends.
  2. A rainy day. Simple, but you’ll still need to put on a jacket, rain boots and grab the umbrella before you leave the house.

Might Happen (The Unexpected):

  1. A car accident. While entirely unfortunate, it is necessary to prepare for this. Car registration, insurance, a first aid kit and a cell phone. Just in case.
  2. A cardiac arrest. You could find yourself in a situation when you see someone grabbing their chest in pain. With any luck, there will be someone around who is prepared for this. Maybe someone from SA.

Recently, Mary Weaverling and her staff from Iowa Health Systems took some time out of their day and trained around 20 people from our office on CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) techniques and procedures. So just in case the unexpected comes our way, we’ll be able to spring into action and take the right steps to (hopefully) save the day.

Quick medical lesson: A cardiac arrest is a very serious emergency that occurs when the heart isn’t receiving the normal circulation of the body’s blood.1 Essentially, the heart stops working. This can occur for many reasons, but the most common are a heart attack or a coronary heart disease.2

Symptoms of a cardiac arrest are vey sudden and if not attended to quickly, that person is in great danger. Death or permanent brain damage can occur within four to six minutes3, so it is critical to know what to do if you see one of these crisis’ unfold.

To become certified in this field so you can be prepared for the unexpected, contact a local certification team or company.

 

  1. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/cardiacarrest.html
  2.  http://www.medicinenet.com/cardiac_arrest_symptoms_and_causes/views.htm
  3. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sudden-cardiac-arrest/DS00764/DSECTION=symptoms

 

 


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