It can happen during a friendly game of soccer, at a store or in the office: someone collapses with a cardiac arrest. Their heart has stopped….
It genuinely is a life-or-death situation; speed of response can make all the difference between whether a person lives or dies.
Timely and effective CPR – or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, to give it its full name – rarely restarts someone’s heart on its own, although it is vital as an emergency procedure. The reason for performing CPR is to preserve intact brain function and keep vital organs alive until the emergency services can restore a heartbeat, usually with a defibrillator.
In Germany, they’re hoping to get as many as people as possible trained and are reinforcing the message that resuscitation isn’t complicated – anybody can do it, and everybody can save lives.
But it does require proper training and practice, often using a special life support simulator. The technique involves chest compressions at least 5 cm (2 in) deep and at a rate of at least 100 per minute, in an effort to create artificial circulation by manually pumping blood through the heart.
Here’s the procedure if you’re faced with a potential cardiac arrest:
No reaction from the patient? No respiration or no normal respiration?
the emergency services, or arrange for another person to make the call.
firmly and fast in the center of the chest, at least 100 times a minute. Do not stop until assistance arrives.
The German health ministry calculates its campaign to raise CPR awareness amongst the public could save some 5,000 lives a year. It is targeting schools, universities and businesses with a road show, training days and e-learning.
Here at 3B Scientific, we produce a number of training aids including the popular ‘Basic Billy’ CPR manikin. It meets the latest guidelines from the AHA (American Heart Association) and ERC (European Resuscitation Council) on CPR and was designed with optimal force and compression values in mind.
This anatomically correct manikin demonstrates that it’s not difficult to save lives through correct cardiac massage and ventilation technique. Basic Billy’s head is easy to tilt in order to open the airways for mouth-to-mouth and mouth-to-nose resuscitation. The chest rises as the lungs are ventilated.
Mask ventilation is also possible and Basic Billy comes with 50 lung bags and two additional facemasks for hygiene reasons. Low-priced disposable airways and a convenient carrying case ensure easy care of the manikin.
Basic Billy the kid
In fact, Basic Billy is actually two manikins in one because it can be used as either an adult or a child (of approximate age of 12). Demonstrators simply need to use the interchangeable springs located in the back of the trainer to give the realistic depth feedback for either an adult (5cm) or child (4.5cm).