Archive - Sep 3, 2011

Archive - Sep 3, 2011

People Just Like You Are Saving Lives. Get Trained!

Seriously, folks. Ordinary people can keep a cardiac arrest victim's heart and brain alive long enough for a defibrillator to re-start the heart. It doesn't happen all the time, but why is it that 27 % of cardiac arrest survivors had their arrest in an airport? It's because there are lots of AED's and lots of trained people in airports. Why is it that 66 % of all cardiac arrests occur in the home, yet only 15% of the survivors had their arrest in the home? There aren't very many AED's in the home.

The only complaint I have with what happened in the save below is that there is no valid reason I can imagine why there shouldn't be an AED on the sidelines at any athletic competition or practice. You shouldn't have to run into the school to get the AED.

Here's the story.

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Sep 02 2011 03:20PM
Updated Sep 3, 2011 07:39AM

If not for his coaches’ quick action, 17-year-old Ross Palmer would be dead.

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