What do you know about AEDs and CPR?
You have to be qualified to give CPR or use an AED on a Sudden Cardiac Arrest victim?
You will be sued if you intervene and the victim is not exactly thankful of your efforts?
CPR is all you need to save someone suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
You must give mouth-to-mouth when giving CPR?
All are wrong! And we’re going to debunk these myths for you.
Myth #1 You have to be qualified to give CPR or use an AED on a Sudden Cardiac Arrest victim.
Truth: Although giving CPR and using an AED can be scary, AEDs are now made with ability to be used by anyone and everyone. If you’d like to be certified in CPR and use of an AED, you can always take a class through courses provided by the American Heart Association.
Myth #2 You will be sued if you intervene and give CPR or use and AED.
Truth: All 50 states have established the Good Samaritan Law to protect anyone who, in good faith, tried to save a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. It is even likely that a business, in certain environments, will be held liable if they DO NOT have an AED available.
Myth #3 CPR is all you need to save someone suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
Truth: CPR maintains blood flow gives oxygen to the brain, which will only buy you time. CPR alone will not return a heart to normal rhythm during VF (Ventricular Fibrillation) or VT (Ventricular Tachycardia). The key to survival is defibrillation – and the sooner the better.
Myth #4 Bystanders are required to perform mouth-to-mouth breathing during CPR.
Truth: In April 2008, the American Heart Association revised its recommendations and encouraged bystanders to use “hands-only” CPR. Research had shown that people were reluctant to provide CPR because they were uncomfortable with providing mouth-to-mouth breathing to a stranger.
If you can think of any other concerns you may have about giving CPR or using an AED, leave us a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are convinced that you are in need of an AED, give us a call at 800-580-1375.