A new (and very anxious) patient arrives at the dental office to see the hygienist and requests nitrous oxide for the cleaning appointment. At some point during the cleaning, the patient becomes unresponsive. At the hygienists’ emergency call, two doctors came immediately and were unable to find a pulse. The patient became quite cyanotic and although occasionally gasping, his breathing was poor at best. What would you have done in your office?
In this case, a third doctor called 911 and the AED was applied to the patient’s chest. The unit advised “NO SHOCK” and they performed one minute of CPR. The police and paramedics arrived (in less than five minutes from the original collapse) and the patient recovered completely. In fact, he returned to set up an appointment to complete his cleaning.
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training is a skill that has value in professional, home, and recreational settings. Recent changes in CPR and the increase in public access to Automated External Defibrillators mean that paramedics and other health care professionals see patients with a significantly higher chance of recovery. Additionally, the professionals also have new techniques and equipment, which further increase the survival chances of cardiac arrest victims.
Many professional organizations require certification in CPR. These include medical staff, dental staff, and, in some cases, electric linemen. For these individuals, it is important to provide training that is not only of a high professional quality, but also maintains a low-stress and stimulating manner. These professionals often take this training every two years (or more often) for their whole career and will become bored and jaded easily in the standard classroom lecture format often used by instructors.
Asted Consulting Associates offers CPR and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Certification, as well as First Aid classes to small businesses in a fun and relaxing manner. Paul Asted has been an Emergency Medical Technician and a teacher of American Heart Association CPR for over 30 years. Paul constantly monitors changes in CPR standards, uses videos, and gives real-life experiences during training. Often using the facilities within the business, and incorporating films and team practice, Paul works to create a more interesting and less stressful teaching environment.