In Light of Recent Events: How CPR Can Help With Saving Lives

As a writer for this blog, I’m going to take this opportunity to discuss a topic that is not covered enough at most schools, and in society in general.

I’m sure as most of you know, since the beginning of the year 2000, the United States has had a stunning increase in annual terrorist attacks, i.e. mass casualty incidents, in the eyes of health care providers. There have been over 400 documented terrorism-related cases and charges since 9/11/2001. Terrorist attacks such as the Virginia Tech, Columbine, San Bernardino, and Sandy Hook school shootings have left this country in a state of shock. Horrifyingly enough, the two deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history have occurred on 6/12/2016 and 10/1/2017, both in the past two years. The Pulse Night Club shooting led to the loss of at least 49 lives, with over 50 others injured. The Las Vegas shooting, which happened recently, left at least 58 people dead, and over 515 others injured.

Take a moment and just re-read those last few sentences, let it sink in.

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Situations like these overwhelm the country, from both a medical and emotional standpoint, on a basis that is way to frequent for comfort. Many people will tell us that there’s really nothing we can do as “just pre-med students”, and they’re completely wrong. As a paramedic, there are 3 life-saving techniques that I think every person should know, whether they’re pre-med or not. The first of which is basic life support techniques, such as the Heimlich maneuver, and then more important BLS techniques such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. As much advanced life support as medics or physicians can provide, the only thing that has been statistically correlated with better outcomes in cardiac arrests is quality CPR and shock administration with an AED, or automated external defibrillator. These classes are offered daily all over the country and it’s very easy to become CPR and first aid certified, just visit this website.

Based off of the initial premise of this article, I think that the more important skill is the ability to recognize and control fatal hemorrhage. A study conducted in Canada showed that 16% of deaths from trauma would have been preventable with early recognition and intervention to control hemorrhage. A lot that can be done by bystanders actually deals with isolated extremity injuries. Although death due to isolated extremity injury is very rare (0.02%), a study conducted at two trauma centers in the US found that 50% of deaths due to isolated extremity hemorrhage could have prevented with early recognition and intervention. A great program that’s sweeping the nation is called stop the bleed, whose main goal is to teach civilians how to control fatal hemorrhage, classes are also offered often. The last thing that can be done to help out is learning about mass casualty incidents. This can be a little tougher, but a good online module is offered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Although I admit that learning about these things may be scary and out of your comfort zone, we need to remember the society in which we live; this is no longer just a drill, this is prepping for reality. 

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Adrusht Madapoosi

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1 Comment

  1. Ralph

    You done good boi ❤️❤️