|You're at work. A co-worker has been complaining of feeling "funny", they say their chest feels tight. Not pain really, but just discomfort. You're talking to them, and they start sweating - a lot. Suddenly, they just slump over in the chair. They don't respond to your questions or shaking them. It doesn't look like they are breathing.
Millions of people face this emergency every year. Few know what to do.
Digby Systems, Inc. is a Member and Education Center for the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) a Member and Training Center for the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), and also offers American Heart Association AHA) courses.
We offer training in CPR, First Aid, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens and more that can be tailored to your needs in both content and in time.
While primarily offering group training, we also offer One-on-One Training. It's may not be right for everyone, but it is for some. While it may not be cost effective for most, if it's your job or an immediate class, it is something to consider.
Guidlelines 2020 are out
Every five (5) years, CPR and FA protocols are reviewed and updated. The new protocols were issued in October 2020. The training programs based on the new Guidelines are then prepared and issued by the various "brands". Most began becoming available in the following Spring.
I am offering all GL2020 classes.
Located in Gloucester County, NJ, we provide CPR and First Aid Training in the Southern New Jersey and nearby Pennsylvania and Delaware areas.
We offer instructor lead hands-on training for schools, clubs, businesses individuals, community service campaigns and more. We will also work with your personnel to enhance your current safety-training program. Available training includes:
Student manuals or handouts are provided for all courses.
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From the signs and symptoms, they probably suffered a heart attack - and cardiac arrest. Your friend has just died.
What do you do?
First, assess the patient -
How long do you have?
If you don't get oxygenated blood circulating to your co-worker's brain and other body organs in that time, they are all but guaranteed to stay dead.
It is best to start CPR within a few seconds of their going into Cardiac Arrest.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
In a "Heart Attack", the heart is failing - and may cause pain, discomfort and other symptoms for possibly days, or hours before it stops working.
In a ""Sudden Cardiac Arrest" the heart stops working without warning, and the victim literally "drops dead".
The death of the heart muscle. Usually due to heart disease.
As a result of a lack of blood flow to carry oxygen to the cells of the heart muscle, the muscle dies - and the ability of the heart to pump blood is lost.
AED: Automated External Defibrillator
A "Public Access" device used to intervene in a cardiac arrest. It sends a pulse of electricity through the heart - a TREATMENT for the primary forms of cardiac arrest.
It "Re-Boots" the heart, so it will beat normally.
This portable device is available for General Public use in many locations. In NJ, Schools, Nursing Homes, and Health and Fitness centers are required to have them available, but many other locations have them publucally located for use in an emergency.
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Manually pressing on the patient's chest to squeeze the heart and force blood to circulate through the brain, lungs and vital organs of the body, and to breathe for the patient by blowing (oxygen rich) air into their lungs.
CPR is not a treatment for cardiac arrest - it simply buys time for a defibrillator and advanced medical care to arrive.
If no "barrier device" is available to prevent the transfer of body fluids when blowing into the the victim's mouth, "Compression Only" CPR is recommended.