Flight Delayed? Learn CPR!

Next time you’re at the airport in Cleveland, Cincinnati or Orlando and your flight is delayed, rather than fuming and ranting about what you can’t change, take a few minutes, find an American Heart Association “Hands-Only CPR training kiosk” and learn CPR!

The hands-on training only takes about 5 minutes and it’s being piloted (no pun intended) in select airports across the United States. It includes a short video explaining how hands-only CPR works and how to do it (Hands-only CPR essentially eliminates the mouth-to-mouth in favor of chest compression only), a practice session on a practice rubber torso which lets you know if you are doing it correctly (hand placement and depth of compression are the 2 main reasons people do it incorrectly) and a 30 second test.

The newest kiosks include a video telling the story of how Matt Lickenbrock saved the life of Sean Ferguson after learning hands-only CPR a few days earlier during a 3-hour layover at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (It took Matt three tries to get the chest compression right because he hadn’t been pressing hard enough).

The American Heart Association hopes to eventually install kiosks in many more airports and public places.

You can read more about the Matt Lickenbrock story on the American Heart Association website.


Mobile App: Pocket First Aid and CPR

Jive Media has come out with a mobile app to help with First Aid and CPR, no matter where you are.

From the Jive Media website:

Read how Pocket First Aid & CPR helped save a life in the Haiti earthquake. More details

Whether you’re at home, on the road, or in the woods, the American Heart Association’s Pocket First Aid & CPR application is at your fingertips with concise, clear instructions to care for you and your loved ones.

  • Includes the latest up-to-date emergency information from the American Heart Association.
  • Review first aid procedures anytime, anywhere. From your home, to your car, to the wilderness.
  • Easy to learn, easy to use, right there when you need it.
  • Manage your first aid kit checklist, to be sure you have what you need in an emergency.
  • Save your medical information for quick retrieval. Look up your doctor or emergency contacts with a single click.
  • Create a custom wallpaper that includes your medical information.
  • Store your insurance information for easy access.

Pocket First Aid & CPR includes:

  • Hundreds of pages with illustrations, including topics such as CPR, choking, bites, bruises, burns, seizures, diabetic emergencies, and more.
  • High-quality and detailed videos, showing how to respond in critical first aid situations. Videos include choking, CPR, seizures, cuts and wounds, and more.
  • All videos, articles and illustrations are stored on your iPhone or iPod Touch, so you can provide first aid even when out of cell phone range.
  • Enter your loved one’s medical information on the My Info tab. For each individual, you can save doctors’ contact information, along with hospitals, emergency contacts, allergies, medications, and more. You can also save insurance information for quick access.
  • As standards of treatment improve, Pocket First Aid & CPR will be updated to track those changes.

New in Version 4.0:

  • Updated to reflect The American Heart Association Guidelines on CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Brand new articles and content
  • 34 videos and 46 high-resolution illustrations added
  • Reorganized content to make it easier to find help in an emergency
  • Added Search functionality
  • Updated to support iOS 5

All content provided by the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. Learn more by visiting www.AmericanHeart.org.

CAB not ABC for CPR

Continuous Chest Compression CPR is the new directive as dictated by the American Heart Association. Forget about trying to give them the “kiss of life” and just do the chest compression.

The latest findings report the Continuous Chest Compression CPR doubles the chance of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Play this YouTube video for your employees next time you have a safety meeting:


While the old directive was ABC (Airways, Breathing, Compression) the new directive is now CAB (Chest compression, Airway, Breathing) with the A & B being essentially omitted for those who have no CPR certification.

The great thing about this is that CPR is now as simple as it can get.

When you see someone collapse, shake them to try to bring them around. If that doesn’t work start chest compressions to the beat of “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees; it’s that simple.

Staying Alive to “Staying Alive”

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Someone at your workplace goes down in a flash. You can’t get a pulse. Congestive heart failure!

What to do?

Obviously you call 911 and run to grab the defibrillator. You turn it on, apply the pads and the AED determines that a shock is advised. The shock is administered and then the defibrillator tells you to administer CPR. Depending on the AED you have, you might then get only a countdown telling you how much longer to administer CPR.

Medical guidelines tell you to administer 100 compressions per minute. That’s a lot more compressions than you might think. Most people who administer CPR do a lot less.

A new study by the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Ill has come up with a catchy way to help you get the right number; catchy in more ways than one.

Turns out that the song “Staying alive” by the Bee Gees has exactly 103 beats per minute which would put you right in the correct range. Fortunately it’s a catchy tune that you can’t get out of your head once it’s in there. It’s also catchy in the sense of being an easy song title to remember, seeing the circumstances.

Still need more help? Download the mp3 onto your cell phone.

A new look at CPR, chest compression with minimal interruptions

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After many, many years of being taught CPR the same way, the American Heart Association (AHA) is now changing it recommendations concerning CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).

“Bystanders who witness the sudden collapse of an adult should activate the emergency medical services (EMS) system and provide high-quality chest compressions by pushing hard and fast in the middle of the victim’s chest, with minimal interruptions.”


In other words concentrate on the chest compressions and don’t worry about the breathing; hands only CPR works just as well as or better than traditional CPR that includes mouth to mouth. At issue is the fact that the primary concern for unconscious patients is the blood flow to the brain. Brain cells begin to die in less than 5 minutes without oxygen and irreversible brain damage occurs in less than 10 minutes. Any interruption of the chest compression is an interruption of the blood to the brain and with it an oxygen deficiency.

Those properly trained in CPR are being told to switch to a 30 to 2 ratio rather than the old 15 to 2 (15 chest compressions for every 2 breaths) in order to ensure that the blood that’s being kept flowing into the brain isn’t oxygen starved. For the general, untrained public, however, the new recommendation is for chest compression only.


Check out the youtube video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vap7T6LTGV4


Access the AHA document here.


CPR is recommended in conjunction with an AED in case of sudden cardiac arrest.