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Nurse's Notes: CPR Awareness Week

June 2, 2017-- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compressions.  It's far better to do something than to do nothing at all if you're fearful that your knowledge or abilities aren't 100 percent complete. Remember, the difference between your doing something and doing nothing could be someone's life. Here's advice from the American Heart Association:

  • Untrained. If you're not trained in CPR, then provide hands-only CPR (*to teens and adults). That means uninterrupted chest compressions of 100 to 120 a minute until paramedics arrive. You don't need to try rescue breathing.

  • Trained and ready to go. If you're well-trained and confident in your ability, begin with chest compressions instead of first checking the airway and doing rescue breathing. Start CPR with 30 chest compressions before checking the airway and giving rescue breaths.

  • Trained but rusty. If you've previously received CPR training but you're not confident in your abilities, then just do chest compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 a minute.

The above advice applies to adults, children and infants needing CPR, but not newborns.

What is an AED?  An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

At ISD, several of our staff members are trained in CPR and the use of our AED.  Right on!

Do you want to learn more about CPR and Hands-Only CPR?  Visit:

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Cheers to Your Health,

Nurse Jen

Vaccine Update:  Pharmacie Guigon in Plateau and Pharmacie Arc En Ciel in Les Almadies are now confirmed to have the full coverage quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine Menactra to protect against meningitis.  Institut Pasteur does not have the meningitis vaccine to date.  And remember, summer break is a great time to review and make sure you and your family's routine and travel vaccinations are up to date!

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