CPR training for what?
After sharing my two cents on the importance of having cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to save lives, the automated external defibrillator (AED) comes to my mind. According to the American Heart Association, most sudden cardiac arrest result from ventricular fibrillation which is a rapid an unsyncronized heart rhythm that originates in the heart's lower chambers or ventricles. The heart must be fibrillated quickly with an AED because the victim's survival chance drops by seven to ten percent for every minute a normal heartbeat is not restored. These AED's are found at shopping centers, work sites, airports etc. We should sign up for a CPR and AED class like the one from the American Heart Association so we can be useful in an emergency. Some AED's can be purchased for home use with a prescription and with the required training. I do not recommend or suggest that an AED is a substitute for CPR or for emergency services, but when used as part of CPR administration by trained users they just save lives! Why not having one in our homes if we get the training and follow up training to increase the survival chances of our loved ones? More information is available at the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.