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 9:00 AM
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.
Regional Training Center: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Dr Iowa City, IA 52242, firstname.lastname@example.org, 319-356-2597