CPR and Defibrillators

Hello again,

This blog will focus on the importance of CPR and Defibrillators. Before I dive into this I would like to ask if you know the difference between a Heart Attack and a Cardiac Arrest?

‘5 differences between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest:

1. A heart attack is not the same as a cardiac arrest.

2. A heart attack is when one of the coronary arteries becomes blocked. The heart muscle is robbed of its vital blood supply and, if left untreated, will begin to die because it is not getting enough oxygen.

3. A cardiac arrest is when a person’s heart stops pumping blood around their body and they stop breathing normally.

4. Many cardiac arrests in adults happen because of a heart attack. This is because a person who is having a heart attack may develop a dangerous heart rhythm, which can cause a cardiac arrest.

5. A heart attack and a cardiac arrest are both emergency situations. Call 999 straight away.’

The above information is taken from The British Heart Foundations Website.

I remember in secondary school in a PE lesson we learnt CPR. It was a very strange lesson. Knowing that what you were learning could be used to safe a persons life was very strange. I do not remember getting a certificate for it. But I do remember being taught the basics and what to do in the event someone collapses.

Learning CPR is a vital skill you could save life. Here are some facts from the BHF (Click on BHF Statistics Factsheets-UK):

• There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) in the UK each year.

• The overall survival rate in the UK is just 1 in 10.

• Every minute without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by up to 10 per cent.

• Performing CPR can more than double the chances of survival in some cases (ventricular fibrillation).

• It’s estimated that public-access defibrillators (PADs) are used in less than five per cent of OHCAs.

• The Chain of Survival (below) is a sequence of steps that together maximise the chance of survival following cardiac arrest

These numbers are very scary. I hope that one day we can live in a world without Heart Disease and all the other areas the BHF is working so hard to fight against.

If you want to do your bit to help ensure more people survive out of hospital Cardiac Arrests please learn CPR. You can find out how to do CPR here.

St Johns Ambulance has a course which is Certified for learning CPR. Click here.

When you are out and about keep a look out for any Defibrillators you might see. Take a picture of it and post it on social media. In doing so you are helping to raise awareness of their locations and ensuring other people know where they are. Also check out the National Database for your nearest Defibrillator. (Caution that this may not contain all defibrillators and it may not be accurate as to whether they are in service.)

Always dial 999 if you suspect someone needs an ambulance.

When it comes to CPR it is better for you to try and do something, call for an ambulance immediately. If you can do CPR, try. No one is going to say anything if you do it wrong. Very second that passes counts.

While you are doing CPR you are doing the work of someones heart for them. You are working to keep that person alive. That to me is pretty mind blowing.

Please consider all I have said. If you can also help by donating even £3 to my fundraising to The BHF and The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, you will be helping to make a difference. Donate here.

Thank you for reading.

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Week Off

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Hello again, 

This last week has been my week off. I don’t get a week off at Christmas because I have to work. So from last year I decided I would book a week off in January. It has been nice to relax, get stuff done and recharge. I also took the time this week to book  a week off in August for my Birthday. 

So I don’t feel like I have wasted my week off I have written down in my diary what I have done everyday. Even if it meant just writing ‘relaxed’. One thing I need to do more of is write down in my diary when I have a a day to just relax. Other things I have done this week have been to steam mop my floor, exciting I know. But it was on the to do list and now it has been done. Today I vacuumed the rugs….so clean and tidy. Gosh my life is exciting. Then there’s that pile of clothes which needed to be put away… it’s been put away. 

What else have I done? I joined two work meetings, which were very interesting. I know, dedicated. Even on my holiday. 

This week I have just taken it easy. I have taken some time away from my fundraising challenge as well. This is something I need to start up again. 

The nice thing about all of this has been I have had the chance to just listen to my audiobooks. I finished Steve Silberman’s NeuroTribes. This was a brilliant book, for anyone interested in Neurodiveristy I would recommend it. Something I will be looking to do in future is write more around Neurodiveristy.

After finishing this book I have started Face It by Debbie Harry. I love Blondie and it has been great to just sit and listen to her book. I remember once we had an own clothes day at school, I think I was in year 9 or 10 and I wore a Blondie t-shirt. None of the kids knew who Blondie were. I was quite offended by this to be honest. How can you not know? I am still disgusted even to this day… I loved that shirt it was brilliant. Makes mental note to buy new Blondie T-shirt. 

Another tick box for this week has been sending out some emails to just introduce myself to a newly published magazine- if you’re interested in learning more about Dyspraxia please sign up to Dyspraxia Mag. It’s important for us as Dyspraxics to talk about our Neurodiveristy and where we fit in amongst our Neurodiverse Cousins. 

The final tick box was emailing a journalist who wrote an article about their experience having a heart attack. I wanted to thank them for opening up about such an important topic which is very personal to myself. I don’t normally reach out and contact people, but this time I really felt the urge to contact them. 

Anyway, thats me. Until next time.