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Know About the Links in the Chain of Survival

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Know About the Links in the Chain of Survival

The Chain of Survival is a crucial lifesaving process, which can significantly increase the chances of survival of a potential victim. Every link in the chain is as vital as the rest, and even though you have heard this many times before, a chain is only as strong as the weakest link. The key is to make sure that the “weakest” link is as strong as it can be. Here’s a look at some of the most important links in the chain, and how proper CPR training can help you strengthen those links if you find yourself assisting in an emergency.

Link 1 Early Access
The first link indicates the necessity of calling professionals immediately. The very second you have confirmed that the victim has lost consciousness, and is not responding due to a cardiac arrest, call 911. If you happen to know about the existence of a nearby AED (Automated External Defibrillator), make sure to get it quickly. If you are not alone, have someone else call 911, while you prepare the AED.

Link 2 Early CPR
There is, literally, no time for hesitation. You need to act immediately, especially because CPR is only effective if administered right away, then and there. Also, know that you can’t hurt the person more than they already are. This is where the Good Samaritan Act steps in to protect you as an individual who is only trying to help keep someone alive. Any CPR technique will do, whether it’s full CPR or Compression only, as long as you try anything. If you start suspecting your CPR abilities are diminishing, consider retaking the training and get the latest CPR First Aid Certification.

Link 3 Early Defibrillation
If you have access to an AED, that’s great. Make sure to follow the instructions you have learned from your CPR course. Every CPR course will provide training on how to use an AED and award appropriate certification for it. Nevertheless, if you have absolutely no experience in using an AED, there is no reason to despair. They are very straightforward to use, and most of them have clear instructions on them to help you carry out the process successfully. It would be a good idea to get an AED at your workplace if there already isn’t one available.

Link 4 Early Advanced Care
Up until this point you have exhausted all your options. If the victim is still alive, it’s all thanks to your good Samaritan efforts. The next step is to let EMS take over in order to continue efforts to stabilize and assist the victim.

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