One minute, that’s how much time a cardiac patient has from the moment his or her heart stops to the time when damage starts to occur. The good news is if cardiopulmonary resuscitation is successfully started within four minutes, the person may be able to recover from the traumatic event and go on enjoying a reasonable quality of life. With that said, if a loved one or bystander were to suddenly go into cardiac arrest, would you know how to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation? If not, would you know where to find help immediately?
If your answer to both questions is “No”, don’t worry. The Rancho Santa Fe Professional Firefighters Local 4349 knows of a new tool that San Diego County residents may use to receive help during such crucial, emergency situations. It’s an extremely handy app called PulsePoint and it’s designed to assist people in accessing automated external defibrillators as well as put them into contact with other trained professionals. The helpful app may be downloaded online at any time.
For those that don’t know, automated external defibrillators are ingenious medical devices geared towards people with no professional first aid/emergency response training. They may be utilized at a moment’s notice to provide electric shock to a person’s heart, which will hopefully keep him or her alive until professional help arrives.
Rancho Santa Fe residents that wish to take it a step further and receive certified CPR training should note, there are organizations throughout San Diego County that offer online and in-person classes. The long list of educators includes, but isn’t limited to the following:
- American Heart Association
- Save-a-Life Educators
- The Training Source
- Precious Life CPR
- SHARP® Health Care
- Red Cross®
- Express Training Solutions
Prices, dates, times and course materials vary per organization. Some of them even include segments for first-timers on how to use automated external defibrillators. Consequently, it pays for Rancho Santa Fe residents to take the time and shop around for a CPR course that meets their individual expectations and needs. To learn more about the Rancho Santa Fe Professional Firefighters Local 4349 and what else they are doing to help keep our community’s residents safe, please contact them directly.