When someone is having a heart attack, clinicians say it’s best to Call 9-1-1 for an ambulance instead of driving the person to the hospital yourself. That’s because there are tools in the ambulance that can begin treatment before arrival at the hospital. While you’re waiting for the paramedics, you can perform CPR. In this “Take 5 for Heart Health” segment from WIS-TV, LMC ER nurse Shannon Turner talks about the important information an ambulance can transmit to the ER when a patient is on the way and clinical nursing supervisor Lindsey Sturkie demonstrates the proper way to perform CPR.
Here are a few notes from Shannon and Lindsey:
~Calling 9-1-1 brings the emergency providers to you. Paramedics can assess the patient, perform an EKG and start the treatment that the hospital will continue.
~Paramedics send EKG results from the ambulance to the ER and call in a radio report with patient symptoms and vital signs. Then, the ER can alert the catheterization lab and cardiologists about the patient’s upcoming arrival. With heart care, every minute counts. Time is muscle.
~To perform CPR, put one hand on the middle of the chest at the bottom of the rib bone. Place your other hand on top, linking your fingers. Press down hard – 2 inches – at a rate of 100 compressions per minute. A proper pace would be to the tune of the song “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. Experts say that mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or checking the pulse are no longer required.
~CPR will help to open and close the heart valves and chambers until paramedics arrive.
If you would like to learn Citizen CPR, come to Lexington Medical Center’s FREE Heart Fair on Sunday, March 1 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Bush River Road. Learn more at LexMed.com/Take5.