If you've been a trained rescuer or a healthcare professional, then you surely know that the phrase, 'chain of survival', isn't just some biological food chain you learned in Science - it's a literal life-saver for cardiac arrests, which is something that happens at unexpected times and one where every second is worth the patient's life
It's scary to think about, and a heavy responsibility on the rescuer's shoulders, but knowing the importance of this "chain of survival" or even going as far as considering taking CPR classes (especially if you're from Chicago), is a great start to prepare for unforeseen circumstances (a.k.a. cardiac arrests).
1. It recognizes and acts upon the emergency quickly.
Immediately noticing the symptoms of cardiac arrest can save a huge amount of (extremely precious) time and perform the needed steps as early as possible, while waiting for the medical professionals to arrive. It is also enforcing the correct first aid/CPR on the victim to temporarily prolong the flow of oxygen before advanced equipment arrives on the scene.
2. Makes use of basic and advanced medical services.
The guidelines in the chain of survival also includes the use of automated external defibrillator (AEDs) and other medications to stabilize the heart's rhythm, which is a crucial step in increasing the survival rate of the victim as a considerable amount of time will already have passed after first-aid.
3. It reduces mortality rates.
Even if not every case returns an SCA survivor, understanding and implementing the components of the chain of survival has and always will create chances of survival for the victims; there's CPR, AEDs, and professionals along the process that aims to increase that chance of survival.
4. Includes patient aftercare.
Not that you need to follow the victim until they wake up in a hospital bed, but if the victim is someone close to you, learning how the recovery process works is just as vital as the early steps. It ensures that the patient returns to having normal brain functions and undergoes the necessary lifestyle changes.
5. You play an important role.
According to the American Health Association, only 6% of the out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survive every year. The only hope for those who experience attacks outside are the bystanders - maybe, in a random instance in your life, you. Learning the "links" in the chain of survival (e.g. by taking a CPR class in Chicago) means that you'd understand what to do, and essentially step in as a bystander hero.
Even if you're not a certified rescuer, everyone can be a bystander. It is important to study the entire scope of what comprises the "chain of survival" - performing the steps in the right manner in the timeliest way possible will determine the victim's life-or-death situation, because not doing a particular 'step' correctly will affect the next. Getting trained for this than just learning the gist is the safer choice.
And where else can you take CPR classes in Chicago other than a center certified by the American Heart Association, who adapted and provided guidelines on the chain of survival in 1992, such as CPR Associates, Inc.?
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