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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2018 Vol. 65 No. 6

CPR [and Music] Can Help Save Lives

June 1-7 each year is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. In 2013, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) adopted a department-wide initiative to provide AED (automated external defibrillator) and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training to commissioned and non-commissioned employees. To date, DPS has placed over 550 AED's in public buildings and offices and trained over 7,000 employees in AED/Take 10 CPR. This training and proactive approach has resulted in over ten AED deployments in the field and has saved the lives of employees and civilians across the state. A few important facts to know about AED/Take 10 CPR: It's very simple to learn how to use and deploy AED and CPR; most public places have AED's on location such as malls, churches, schools, airports, casinos and gyms. Having the willingness, training and capability to apply these life-saving skills can be the difference in whether or not a person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest survives.

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of out-of-hospital deaths in the United States, with more than 350,000 each year. Performing CPR immediately after cardiac arrest occurs can double or even triple a person's chance of survival. Per the American Heart Association, approximately 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help they need before professional help arrives.

Taking an AED/Take 10 CPR class as a family is highly encouraged. Teaching your children the signs, symptoms, and actions when a heart attack or cardiac arrest occurs is valuable training. Approximately 70% of cardiac arrests occur in the home with family members present who don't know how to perform CPR. During CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute. The beat of "Stayin' Alive" is a perfect match for this. We want you to be part of the Chain of Survival and the true "first responder" in a cardiac arrest before Fire and EMS are able to arrive on the scene.

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