As a First Degree Black Belt, Family Nurse Practitioner, and former Emergency Department RN, the need for cardiac arrest prevention and screening is extremely important to saving lives. The best way to survive a Sudden Cardiac Arrest is to not have one, but screening cannot prevent all occurrences. Emergency Preparedness with CPR and AED training is an additional key to the issue. I have screened over 300 adolescents during sports physicals and have identified risk factors in many more than anticipated. I cannot stress how important screening AND preparedness are to saving lives.
If you saw an adult or a teen suddenly collapse, would you know what to do? 4 out of 5 sudden cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital setting and the difference between life and death could be how quickly you respond. Please take two minutes to review Hands Only CPR techniques so that you and your family are prepared for an emergency situation. The life that could need saving could be your mother, brother, uncle, or even yourself!