American Heart Association—Supported CPR/AED Training & Curriculum
Two-year certification, 4 hours
Trainings: 4600 S. Main Street on the first Sunday of every month
Cardiac arrest—an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs, and other organs—is a leading cause of death.
- More than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year in the United States.
- When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby.
- Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die.
- CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
- 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes.
- Unfortunately, only about 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help they need before professional help arrives.
Most often, citizens must perform CPR on a family member, friend, or co-worker. Learn how to perform proper compressions and use an AED in the precious moments before first responders arrive.
The term Chain of Survival provides a useful metaphor for the elements of the ECC systems concept. The 6 links in the adult out-of-hospital Chain of Survival are:
- Recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system
- Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions
- Rapid defibrillation
- Advanced resuscitation by Emergency Medical Services and other healthcare providers
- Post-cardiac arrest care
- Recovery (including additional treatment, observation, rehabilitation, and psychological support)
A strong Chain of Survival can improve chances of survival and recovery for victims of cardiac arrest.
For more information contact Captain John Zolondek, with Cedar Falls Public Safety, at John.firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-273-8616.
Regional Training Center: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Dr Iowa City, IA 52242, email@example.com, 319-356-2597