Do you know what to do when someone is having a heart attack? Williamson County EMS launches a Take10 CPR program to teach you.
Could a ten-minute class help you save someone else’s life? Dan Cohen, Captain of Clinical Practices for Williamson County EMS, believes it! He’s helping bring Take10 CPR to county residents. Take10 CPR is a nationally recognized program designed to train any able-bodied person in compression-only CPR in just ten minutes. He explains the training to Georgetown View.
Why don’t more people learn CPR?
One concern people have about CPR is that they have to get really close to someone they don’t know and give rescue breaths, in particular. It’s also challenging and time-consuming to get certified. Take10 CPR simplifies the process so that it’s clear to people that the most important steps are to recognize that there’s a problem, summon help, begin chest compressions, and keep doing them until help arrives.
Step 1: Check
When we say “Check,” that means you’re coming up to someone and you’re giving them a little shake and saying loudly, “Hey, can you hear me? Are you okay?” Shake them enough that it would rouse the average person from sleep.
Step 2: Call 9-1-1
If the person does not respond, dial 9-1-1 on your phone. If you’re by yourself, dial 9-1-1 and put the phone on speaker if you have that option, and begin chest compressions.
Step 3: Compress
Compress [the chest] the whole time. The earlier compressions begin and the longer they continue before additional help arrives, the better the chance of survival.
We are not looking for perfection in terms of the depth of compressions and in terms of the rate. We tell people to compress the middle of the chest approximately 100 times a minute, as if to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.
Why is knowing bystander CPR so important?
For every minute that passes after someone has suffered a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival drop dramatically. If you’re not living next to a fire or EMS station, you have to wait for us to arrive. If it takes four or five minutes—which is generally considered to be a fast response time—that’s four or five minutes during which someone has had no blood flow in their body.
What are those three steps again?
We want you to check the patient, call 9-1-1, and compress the chest—that’s it. This is so simple, and it has the potential to make anybody the lifesaver, the true lifesaver.
According to the American Heart Association’s most recent national data (2011), 31.7% of patients survived if they received bystander CPR and had a shockable heart rhythm. Without bystander CPR and a shockable heart rhythm, patients only had a 10.4% survival rate.