~ As Appeared in the April 2017 Issue of North Shore News ~
Yes. All you need is a two-step process: (1) call 911 and then (2) put your hands in the middle of the person’s chest and press hard and fast until either
an ambulance arrives or the person regains consciousness. This action keeps blood circulating to the heart and brain. Often we are afraid we will hurt the
person. Do not worry … do not hesitate. CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.Recently CPR by Ko’olauloa Health Center staff at Kahuku
Red Raider Health Clinic helped save the school’s athletic director when she had a cardiac arrest.However, that fast life-saving action is not the norm in
Hawaii where the survival rate for out-of-the-hospital cardiac arrests is less than10 percent. One reason is that 75 percent of the time there is no intervention
by bystanders.Seattle’s survival rate for out-of-the-hospital arrests is now over 60 percent, mostly because over 75 percent of the population is trained
in CPR. Our goal at Kahuku Medical Center is to increase the survival rate on the North Shore.The general idea of CPR is to press down hard enough to compress
the chest by 2.5 inches for an adult and about 1.5 inches for a child at about 100 to 120 times a minute. The American Heart Association suggests timing to the
tune, “ Stayin’ Alive.”Don’t be afraid to act. When I was in medical school, I performed CPR on a policeman that had suffered cardiac arrest. Thankfully he
survived and the first thing he asked was: “Who broke my ribs?” I was somewhat reluctant to admit that I was the culprit, but all he kept repeating was
“thank you.” The lesson: hurt ribs are way better than dying. We urge adults and children to learn how to help by taking a community CPR/AED course.
Kahuku Medical Center can provide these classes free and they take as little as 1-2 hours.
The video is not affiliated with Kahuku Medical Center.