The Retail Cardiac Chain of Survival; or, How to Survive a Heart Attack at the Mall

Written by Don Ross

What if your customer suddenly clutched his chest and passed out in front of you? Do you know what to do?

The federal Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (CASA) states that "A successful chain of survival requiresrepparttar first person onrepparttar 109280 scene to take rapid and simple initial steps to care forrepparttar 109281 patient and assure thatrepparttar 109282 patient promptly entersrepparttar 109283 emergency medical services system. These steps include--

  • Recognize an emergency and activate EMS;
  • Begin CPR; and
  • Use an automated external defibrillator (AED) if one is available atrepparttar 109284 scene."

    While most bystanders inrepparttar 109285 USA and Mexico are not required to get involved, one would hope thatrepparttar 109286 common dictate of humanity, to help our fellow human beings, would prevail over any other concerns. Standard precautions are enough to preventrepparttar 109287 transmission of most diseases andrepparttar 109288 Good Samaritan Laws protect us from being sued, as long as there is no gross negligence. In fact, both State and Federal laws protect all parties involved, includingrepparttar 109289 rescuers,repparttar 109290 trainers,repparttar 109291 facilities, etc. According torepparttar 109292 National Center for Early Defibrillation, "...organizations that carefully adopt and implement early defibrillation programs face a lower legal liability risk than those that do not." So, let's explore this cardiac chain of survival and how a savvy mall rat could use it to land their next job or promotion.

    Recognizerepparttar 109293 Emergency

    Pay attention to your customers. If one doesn't look well, ask how he feels and if you may be of assistance. Knowrepparttar 109294 signals of a heart attack:

  • Sweating, difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pressure inrepparttar 109295 chest, side or back

    If he does not look well, but does not want your help, keep an eye from a distance. Don't forget about him. Just watch. If you are still concerned, call 9-1-1. It is better to be safe than sorry.

    Activate EMS,repparttar 109296 Emergency Medical System

    If he goes unconscious, send someone immediately to call 9-1-1. In a mall, you are rarely by yourself, so userepparttar 109297 others to your advanage. Send someone to call security to bringrepparttar 109298 AED and yet another to fetch a First Aid kit.

    Beginrepparttar 109299 ABCs of CPR

  • Openrepparttar 109300 Airway (head tilt, chin lift).
  • Give two Breaths.

  • Hurricane Teaching Tip

    Written by Freda J. Glatt, M.A.

    With this severe, active, hurricane season underway, here are some ideas to make areas ofrepparttar curriculum relevant to your children. If you are in an area that experiences other natural phenomena, just adapt these suggestions to fit your needs.

    1. Have children express their feelings. Youngsters will be able to draw pictures and dictate sentences, while older children will be able to illustrate their own stories. With everyone participating, this will draw out your shy, timid children who may not want to take part in a verbal discussion.

    2. Make a bound book ofrepparttar 109279 class’ experiences and keep it inrepparttar 109280 class library. Perhaps you can have students ‘rent’ it for a night to share with their families.

    3. If you do not have Pen Pals, why not try to find a class in another part ofrepparttar 109281 country or world that has not experienced a hurricane. Your pupils will then become teachers as they explain what happened.

    4. Instead of writing, your class could make a cassette or videotape. If sending it to Pen Pals, make sure you check onrepparttar 109282 privacy policies in your school.

    5. Use children’s experiences to have lessons on adjectives, adverbs, similes, and onomatopoeia.

    6. Answer who, what, where, when, why, and how as you writerepparttar 109283 opening paragraph of a story. Do it onrepparttar 109284 overhead projector and obtain input from class members.

    7. This would be a good time to teach specificity andrepparttar 109285 Voice Writing Trait. Compare these two stories and tell which is more specific and exciting: a. Yesterday, a hurricane came to my city and caused a lot of damage. I was scared because it was loud. b. On September 3, 2004, Hurricane Frances roared into West Palm Beach like a lion. I felt terrified as I heardrepparttar 109286 howling wind and crashing surf. When I could surveyrepparttar 109287 damage, there were humongous trees blockingrepparttar 109288 streets and houses missing roofs; some mobile homes looked like a pile of sticks.

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