WHEN TO HELP BLS UPDATE for EMDs. 2011 SILVER CROSS EMS EMD MARCH CE EMERGENCY MEDICAL DISPATCHER. OBJECTIVES. Review background information on BLS Provide information on DOAs
SILVER CROSS EMS
EMD MARCH CE
EMERGENCY MEDICAL DISPATCHER
When the heart has stopped and the victim is not breathing, CPR is the answer.
Without a constant supply of blood, cells of the body will start to die. Brain damage begins within 4 to 6 minutes after cardiac arrest. Within 8 to 10 minutes, the damage may be irreversible. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation will help to circulate oxygenated blood until more advanced medical care can be performed.
CPR by itself cannot sustain life indefinitely.
It should be started as soon as possible to give the patient the best chance for survival.
Many patients will need defibrillation and medication to be successfully resuscitated.
It’s all part of the process………….
Source: American Heart Association
When in Doubt, Resuscitate!
and a depth of 2 inches or 1/3 chest diameter, allowing for chest recoil
and a depth of 1 1/2 inches or 1/3 chest diameter, allowing for chest recoil
If the victim is unconscious but breathing:
If the victim becomes unresponsive:
1. Look for signs of choking.
2. Place your fist with the thumb side against the patient’s abdomen, just above the navel.
3. Grasp the fist with your other hand and press into the abdomen with quick inward and upward thrusts.
If the infant becomes unresponsive: