Respiratory plus Cardiac Arrest can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone. Do you know what to do?
First we’ll talk about the causes of Respiratory plus Cardiac Arrest.
Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of cardiac arrest. But there are other causes as well. These include: Drowning, Suffocation, Certain Drugs, Other Heart Diseases or Abnormalities, Severe Blood Loss, Electrocution, Severe Chest Injuries.
Signs and Symptoms of respiratory plus cardiac arrest are unconsciousness and no signs of life. No breathing sounds. When you Look, Listen, Feel for 5-10 seconds, you will not see the chest rise, you will not hear breathing sounds and you will not feel breaths on your cheek.
First Aid for Respiratory and Cardiac Arrest is as follows:
If you are alone with an adult, call EMS/911 and get an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) first then return to the person. If you are alone with a child or infant, give 5 cycles of 30 and 2 (or 2 full minutes of CPR) then get an AED and call EMS/911.
The second the AED arrives, turn it on and follow the prompts. The chance of revival significantly increases with the use of an AED.
Begin 30 chest compressions then 2 breaths as a cycle. Push Hard, Push Fast. A minimum of 100 compressions per minute. Hands should be placed just below nipple line in the center of the chest. Compress the chest 2 full inches for an adult or child. Use 2 fingers just below nipple line for an infant and compress the chest 1 and a half inches. Alternating between 30 compressions and 2 breaths that are just enough to make the chest rise. Plug the nose for an adult, tilt the head back to open the airway. For a child or infant, tilt the head back the same but cover their nose and mouth with your mouth depending on size.
Always remember your protective barriers and devices. Chest compressions only may be used if you do not have a CPR barrier device.
Anything is better than nothing! The person in respiratory plus cardiac arrest is clinically dead. You can not hurt them by trying, but you just may save their life!
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