b"PUBLIC SAFETY| LEARN CPRSUDDEN CARDIAC ARRESTSudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops and no longer provides oxygenated blood to the body. When this happens, the brain goes without oxygen as well. Brain death starts about three to five minutes after cardiac arrest. After ten minutes of no oxygen to the brain, the survival rate goes dramatically down.In the United States, an estimated 350,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest each year. The sudden cardiac arrest death total annually is more than for breast cancer, lung cancer, and HIV/AIDs combined.SAFE A LIFE:Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can help to keep blood flow to the brain and the rest of the body. CPR performed in the first few minutes can double or triple the chanceLEARN CPR! of survival.Of those suffering sudden cardiac arrest, only about 510 percent survive the event. A positive outcome occurs when a bystander performs high-quality CPR and there hasbeen early use of an Automated External BY CHRIS REED AND SHAUNA SHEPPARD,Defibrillator (AED).BURIEN/NORMANDY PARK FIRE DEPARTMENT In King County, survival from cardiac arrest has been as high as 62 percent. This high Kennedy CatholicHEART-STOPPING survival rate is due largely to the fact that our SITUATION region emphasizes the importance of high High School quality CPR from bystanders. Data has shown Imagine youre going about your day with a LEARN friend or loved one. When you stop for a quickthat survival rates go up dramatically when bystanders recognize the need for CPR and cup of coffee at a local shop, they suddenlyperform it to a high level.MORE! collapse to the ground. They are unconscious,YOU CAN HELP SAVE A LIFE not breathing, and their heart has stopped. They are technically dead. BY LEARNING CPR!www.kennedyhs.org Close by, a fast-acting employee of the coffee shop sees what has happened and springsHow CPR is performed is easy! By simply 140 S. 140th St. Burien, WA 98168 pushing hard and fast on the center of the admissions@kennedyhs.org into action, while another employee calls 911.chest, you can help keep blood flowing to the They recognize what has happened, see thatbody and brain of someone in cardiac arrest.the person is not breathing and has no signs ofThe Burien Fire Department offers FREE life, and immediately begin pushing hard andclasses on almost a monthly basis. This basic CPR fast on the persons chest.Theyre performingclass is intended for the layperson, and covers effective CPR. adult, child, and infant CPR and choking, as While first responders are headed to thewell as an introduction to use of an AED. Classes scene, the quick-thinking employee is helpingfollow the American Heart Association Friends to save the victim's life by performing lifesavingand Family Curriculum. They are NOT intended CPRkeeping blood flowing to the victims brain. for those needing a Healthcare Provider CPR Fire Department personnel arrive on thecertification, and they do NOT cover first aid.scene, and take over care. The victims heartClasses are generally held on weekday is shocked with a defibrillator and otherevenings, from 69 p.m. at Fire Station 29 in treatments are started. After a few minutes,south Burien. For more information, email CPR-their heart is beating on its own again. Theyinfo@burienfire.org or call our headquarters are transported to a local hospital, where theystation at (206) 242-2040.receive more care and are later discharged.They have lived to see another day. Espaol p. 28 / Ting Vit p. 3422 |BURIEN MAGAZINE"