Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States and Canada, with nearly four out of five cases occurring outside a hospital. Bystanders–whether in a public gathering space or in a workplace–play an in important role in improving the chances of survival. In cardiac arrest, every minute counts, as was illustrated by an incident by our very own Brownsville Collegiate Charter School last month.

Michael Blake, Director of Operations of Brownsville, has found an employee of the school, collapsed in the hallway and not breathing. Michael, along with the help of Johnel Trammell, Special Projects Director (both CPR and AED trained) were able to revive her by performing CPR and using AED that was located on the premises of the school until the paramedics arrived. After 30 compressions and 2 breaths the employee began to breathe independently and was taken to the hospital. Thankfully, after a very brief hospital stay, the employee is at home resting.

Michael Blake
Michael Blake a few days after performing the CPR; and just days before his Alma Matter Duke wins the NCAA Championship.

All organizations benefit from CPR/AED training even though it may not always be required at your workplace. We encourage you to have at least some of your employees take CPR/AED and first aid training classes. The difference between knowing CPR and not knowing CPR could be life or death. Also remember that simply knowing CPR will give you a better sense of calm in dire situations and will allow you to make wiser and more thought out decisions when they are most important. When someone’s life is on the line, you will want all the skills and confidence you can get.

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