Most people are exposed to a CPR class at some point, but in a true emergency not many people really know how to act. Due to this, the Taylor Johnson team took a break from real estate to freshen up their CPR skills. Experience levels among our participants varied. Some of us, like Emily Johnson, our president, knew CPR from her days as a summer life guard in high school; while others like Jessica Krasin, our PR coordinator, gathered most of her CPR knowledge from an especially dramatic 24 episode.
Despite our various levels of expertise –or lack thereof–all of us quickly moved to the same level when Kim Wilschek, our fantastic teacher from the Safety Squad: Chicago , told us the American Heart Association changed the CPR guidelines. The best news of all? The guidelines are now easier.
In the past, between pushing on the chest, positioning the head, and counting breaths, CPR seemed overwhelming. Often, those trained in CPR don’t respond in an emergency, according to Kim, because they’re afraid of causing even more damage. Kim impressed upon us that in a true emergency situation, doing something is better than doing nothing. If someone is in need of CPR, anything you can do to help keep their blood flowing is good.
A major change in CPR guidelines includes no longer needing to give breaths to a victim. It is more important for someone performing CPR to focus on chest compressions, most importantly how http://www.phpaide.com/?langue=fr&id=17 deep the chest compressions are. Kim taught us to not be afraid to push down (a good two inches for adults!) on the person’s chest in order to get the blood flowing.
Once we knew where to push on the chest and how to position ourselves, the crew split up for some practice. Our state of the art CPR dummies were there to help us, with blinking green lights that alert you when you’re pushing “hard and fast” enough. Of course, there was some friendly competition among the Taylor Johnson team to see who could keep deep enough chest compressions going for a full two minutes – it was harder than it looked! Some of us proved to have more upper body strength than others, but at the end we all left feeling confident in our CPR knowledge.
After teaching us about CPR, Kim briefly went through using an automated external defibrillator (AED) and where to find them. AEDs verbally give you step-by-step instructions once they are turned on, so if you can follow instructions, you have little to worry about. After talking about the AED, Kim gave us the rundown on choking and the Heimlich. It is important to remember if a person can say, “I’m choking”…then they’re not actually choking. Only someone completely unable to get air to their lungs needs the Heimlich.
At the end, it was Account Executives Mark Thomton and Vanessa Irving who were put to the test by having to act out an entire emergency situation. They passed with flying colors—from checking a person’s consciousness to setting up the AED—proving public relations isn’t their only strong suit.
Overall, the CPR class was a great way for the Taylor Johnson team to refresh and improve our CPR skills. More importantly, thanks to Kim’s great teaching methods and easier AHA guidelines, it gave all of us more confidence to act in an emergency. If you are interested in taking a CPR class, we highly recommend contacting Kim Wilschek, chief learning officer at the Chicago Safety Squad. She can be reached at 630-485-0998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.