If you’re not working in healthcare of some sort, then you may not know why we all carry CPR pocket resuscitator masks and/or CPR keychains with us or close to us always. You may not even know what they are. It’s ok. I had no idea what they were until I started working here at MCR Medical. I am kind of embarrassed to admit that but I now want to spread the word about having one of these available to the public everywhere. Whether it be in your home, office, at the store, at school or on a ball field, I believe having one available may encourage more people to perform CPR with rescue breaths.
You may now be asking what is a barrier device? A barrier device like a pocket mask or a face shield, is designed to stop the transfer of fluids from one person to another during CPR. One of the components of CPR is rescue breathing which provides valuable oxygen to the body. This is where the barrier comes in. After placing the barrier on the mouth and face you will be protected from the transfer of fluids. Many of our CPR Pocket Masks and CPR Keychains come with gloves and alcohol wipes to further allow for the safe performance of CPR.
Below are a few CPR facts to help you understand how important it is to not hesitate to save a life.
- Effective CPR provided by a bystander immediately will help in increasing the chances of survival of a cardiac arrest victim.
- 95% victims of cardiac arrest die prior to reaching a hospital or medical care facility.
- If a bystander does not perform CPR, the survival chances of a victim will decrease 7% in every single minute of delay.
- Within 5 – 6 minutes after a victim has experienced cardiac arrest and within that time span, no CPR is performed, followed by defibrillation, the victim might further suffer from brain death crisis.
- More lives can be saved; with proper knowledge and training in performing CPR because death from cardiac arrest is not at all inevitable.
- CPR is not only meant for resuscitating a victim of cardiac arrest. 7 million people, including children and adults suffer disabling injuries every year in their homes or within similar environments. This is caused by accidents that might require the use of CPR.
- In US alone, a life is lost because of a combination of accidents and heart attacks, every 34 seconds!
- As per studies, 45% heart attacks occur amongst people under 65 years of age.
- As per AHA, 1 in 6 men and 1 in 8 women, above 45 years of age have had stroke or heart attack.
We never know when we may need to use our CPR skills to try and save a life so GET CPR TRAINED and don't hesitate to save a life.