The Chain of Survival describes a series actions that can save the life someone who is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. If a person collapses and is not responding or is shaking (without a pulse or breathing), assume that she is in cardiac arrest.

(1) Call 911
(2) Get an automated external defibrillator (AED)
(3) Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

The best person to handle a cardiac emergency is a trained medical professional. This call will dispatch needed help and provide you with guidance over the phone.

Next, send someone for the AED device. This is the only tool that can save someone from cardiac arrest. It assesses the heart, and if needed, delivers a lifesaving shock.

Finally, get the blood flowing. In cardiac arrest, blood stops circulating throughout the body. By performing chest compressions, you will pump blood and deliver much needed oxygen to vital organs.

These three easy steps can save someone's life.  Don't think it's easy? Check out this article about the elementary school students who saved a baby's life.

Chain of Survival Relay

Cardiac arrest is a serious subject. However, we can have some fun learning about how to save someone from it. Our Chain of Survival Relay is the perfect way to engage students in some activity and teach them about the lifesaving actions. Find "911" in the container of ping pong balls. Do 100 chest compressions. Administer the AED device. Find the First Responder.

 

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AED Donations

The world needs more AED devices, particularly youth facilities. See what we are doing to help solve this problem with the help of some great companies like HeartSine and CardioReady.

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