Cardiac emergency’s can be fatal so it is important to be prepared in the event that on does occur. Some things I can do to ensure I am properly prepared for cardiac emergencies as a nurse is stay informed on the most up to date CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular care guidelines (“HealthFirst” 2021). I also need to know t who is at risk for a cardiovascular attack. It is important that I ensure I have all the needed materials available should someone has a CVA to increase their chances of living.
On a personal level it is beneficial to know what cardiovascular diseases increase my chances of having a cardiovascular attack. It is also helpful if I know my family history, know who had cardiovascular attacks within my family and how old they were when they occurred (“HealthFirst”, 2021). Knowing my family’s medical history and comorbidities is also important.
Every community is affected by cardiac emergencies, in the home, schools, places of worship, stores, outdoor events, sporting events and even the Olympics. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death. Saving lives takes planning, preparation, and education. From an individual person to the whole community each is important to save life.
Most people can be trained to do bystander CPR. The procedure can be done with 2 hands only. It is chest compressions continuously, until EMS personnel arrive. Training is necessary help produce high quality CPR with deep chest compressions that are uninterrupted. It improves the likelihood of a positive outcome. The American Heart Associate has historically taken the lead in training. The association developed programs to educate different age groups and skill levels. There is ongoing research to improve techniques for greater success.