October 16 CPR day

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation day

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation day | European CPR Day

On October 16, all of Europe celebrates CPR day with emphasis. Cardiovascular diseases are at the top of the rankings on morbidity and mortality in our continent. Next we collect the INE data of the 2017 year with the most frequent 15 causes of death in Spain. 


Map deaths due to ischemia

Mortality statistics in Spain

Often these heart diseases appear in the form of sudden death, that is, in the form of sudden and unexpected cardiac arrest in apparently healthy people. In these cases, the immediate initiation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can double or quadruple the victim's survival, according to the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) in its latest recommendations. Thus, eyewitnesses to sudden death are essential in the chain of survival.




How to perform CPR correctly | Cardiopulmonary resuscitation maneuvers

Performing CPR is very affordable, we can save a life with simple cardiopulmonary resuscitation maneuvers. However, fear of causing harm to the victim may prevent us from acting. This is a normal emotion in a real medical emergency situation that we are not used to. Therefore, the October 16 day has special importance at the social level to raise public awareness. Being aware that we are facing a public health problem makes us open our eyes. In these cases, knowing how to act and that we can alleviate or deal with CRP from the first links of the survival chain, makes us take action.

Message from Heineken - Susana Lastras - World CPR Day


The most efficient measure against sudden death is CPR training

The most basic and efficient measure of all against sudden death is to educate the non-healthcare population in basic life support (SVB), for obvious reasons of reaction times and the increase in survival rates (and quality of life after the event) , also including economic reasons.

Until recently, imparting training to the population in CPR maneuvers was a pending issue. Luckily, more and more people do know how to act before a PCR (cardiorespiratory arrest) and are able to keep the victim alive until the arrival of the ambulance or medical health services. What does pose a challenge is the implementation of these formations in CPR at an early age. There are very good results in projects carried out in Spain that make us feel that it is possible. The Royal Decree (126 / 2014 of 28 February) establishes the teaching of first aid in the basic Primary Education curriculum. However, there is a lot of work and effort ahead to get all the students trained in CPR.


AED defibrillators to improve CPR survival rate

Another measure that improves survival rates before a cardiorespiratory arrest PCR is the installation of automated external defibrillators (AED) in public places outside the health field. Although the current lack of knowledge on the subject is evident and widespread, little by little we begin to normalize the presence of these devices in places of great influx of people, such as airports or shopping centers. A DEA defibrillator complements CPR and offers the complete treatment that the victim in cardiorespiratory arrest needs. If with the chest compressions of the CPR we are supplying the mechanical function of the heart, with the DEA defibrillator we intend to restore the electrical function.


Companies aware and equipped with DESA defibrillators against sudden death

More and more companies, schools, neighborhood communities, associations and sports clubs, among others, decide voluntarily to have a DEA defibrillator in their facilities or services provided. Defibrillator models Zoll AED Plus and Zoll AED 3 they are fourth generation teams that integrate support and help to CPR. Thanks to this feature, the resuscitator is aware at all times of the quality of his chest compressions, as the DEA device indicates this in real time. The Zoll AED 3 defibrillator also has a statistical storage system for the episodes, so that after the events, the resuscitators can obtain conclusions and lessons for future interventions.


In Lifeguard Project We have been working for many years to achieve this: creating awareness and teaching citizens the maneuvers of CPR. We will continue to fight so that cardioprotection in Spain is a more and more visible reality, and so that anyone can learn to save a life.


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