Every 2 minutes, an adult collapses from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) without warning. SCA can happen anywhere, at anytime, to anyone, and it is almost always fatal.
In response to this, Maplewood Fire/EMS launched an initiative to become a Heart Safe City. Maplewood Fire/EMS aims to train thousands of people in our community Hands-Only CPR. The goal of this initiative is to educate people about cardiac arrest and empower members of the community to assist an adult who suddenly collapses.
Hands-Only CPR is a simplified method of CPR that requires no mouth-to-mouth breathing. It is a two-step technique that involves calling 911 and pushing hard and fast in the center of the victim's chest until help arrives.
Through the Heart Safe Community program, communities can strengthen what the American Heart Association calls the "chain of survival."
Bystanders recognize the symptoms of cardiac arrest and call 911 immediately. EMS dispatchers are equipped with instructions for the caller and can get an Advanced Life Support response vehicle to the scene quickly.
CPR, when properly administered, buys precious minutes until a defibrillator is available. Public knowledge and awareness must be increased so that those trained in CPR will actually use it when necessary.
Defibrillation is the delivery of electric shock to restore the heart's normal rhythm. Early Defibrillation is considered to be the most critical link in the chain of survival. New AEDs are light-weight, sturdy, and easy to use by anyone who has been trained.
Advanced care is delivered by an Advanced LifeSupport response vehicle staffed by advanced care providers. Medications and oxygen therapy delivered can be critical to the survival of cardiac arrest victims.
Integrated, multidisciplinary care for patients following cardiac arrest both in the hospital and following discharge.