It is impossible to do under pressure what you haven’t practiced and visualized mentally a thousand times relaxed. Inexperienced CPR skills can wear off in a matter of weeks, even for healthcare professionals. With no further opportunities to review and strengthen CPR skills, a four-hour intensive CPR core certification course has diminishing value over time. CPR training apps for BlackBerry and iPhone open a new, easy-to-use avenue for updating and reviewing skills that have been proven to save lives.
According to the American Heart Association, there are more than 300,000 deaths a year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) alone. These numbers aren’t just older people with known heart disease. Sudden cardiac arrest strikes without warning. Each year, SCA is responsible for the deaths of many who seem otherwise healthy, including promising young athletes, dancers, runners and others who literally “fall dead.” Providing the public with the skills and competencies to perform basic life-sustaining CPR could double or triple the number of survivors of cardiac events.
Seconds matter when someone has stopped breathing. With every second in line, could you confidently jump into action if a friend or loved one stopped breathing? There is no time to hesitate if you are the first on the scene. It’s the difference between life and death, and potentially the difference between a return to full function or permanent brain damage.
Less than seven minutes without oxygen to the brain can cause permanent brain damage or impaired functional capacity. Even the fastest emergency medical services (EMS) rarely arrive on the scene within those decisive seven minutes. Survival rates drop from 7% to 10% for every minute without CPR. However, studies suggest that only 15-30% of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from bystanders before EMS personnel arrive at the scene. I Why? What could explain these relatively few attempts at resuscitation? When someone is not breathing already, what is there to lose? Why don’t more bystanders try CPR?
Several theories attempt to explain why bystanders hesitate to initiate CPR or even AED (Automated External Defibrillation). The researchers speculated that bystanders did not perform CPR Chicago for fear of incurring legal liability; however, the passage in most states of the “Good Samaritan” legislation limiting the liability of rescuers has virtually eliminated that concern. The researchers also theorized that bystanders’ reluctance stemmed from the fear of being exposed to infectious diseases during mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Recent polls of people actually present at the scene who witnessed a cardiac event have disproved this theory.
Studies have found that one obstacle to initiating CPR is the complexity of following CPR guidelines, but even this is not the main reason why so few bystanders come forward to perform CPR. Surprisingly, in surveys of bystanders to cardiac arrest, the most often cited reason for refusing to initiate CPR is “fear of failure.” This lack of confidence or fear of performing CPR incorrectly has cost precious moments that could be the difference between life and death. CPR training, available immediately as an app over the phone, results in an effortless opportunity to frequently review life-saving skills, so when an emergency occurs, bystanders can intervene with greater confidence during those key moments in anticipation of professional medical services. In short, CPR Training for iPhone and BlackBerry can save lives by helping to reduce or eliminate the fear of failure.