If someone needed CPR or AED, would you know what to do?

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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 5:30 pm | Updated: 6:22 pm, Fri Aug 23, 2013.

It can happen when you least expect it, at the grocery store, a movie, even at the gym. Someone is down on the ground, they’re not moving and, don’t appear to be breathing. Would you know what to do and are you ready to save a life?

This is what happened to Lauren Dellagrainge when she came across a member slumped over a stationary bike while working at the Sarasota Y.  "I actually managed to get him onto the ground." She said. And after seeing no signs of life, and calling for an (AED) or Automated External Defibrillator, she began the cycle of CPR by administering compressions followed by rescue breaths.

When the AED arrived Dellagrainge was advised to administer a shock. She pressed the button, the shock was delivered and it revived the man.  But, what should you do if faced with an emergency? Well, the first thing is to make sure the scene is safe so you don't put yourself at risk, then ask someone to call 911 or do so yourself.

This is the next step once you are ready to help said Manny Perez, who trains instructors of then Florida Chapter of the Red Cross. "Tapping them on the shoulder and shouting are you OK are you OK? and then assessing if they're breathing by looking at their chest for rise and fall, listening for any sounds coming out of their nose and mouth and feeling with your cheek for any air moving out of their nose and mouth." He added, "Look over the persons body for any signs of severe bleeding so that we can make sure we know about all life threatening conditions."

If there's no sign of life you'd begin begin CPR. "We'll begin with thirty compressions and deliver two rescue breaths." he said. If the person is in cardiac arrest help may be in the form of an (AED) or Automated Emergency Defibrillator .

"When a persons in cardiac arrest, an AED is as important as delivering CPR and should be used as quickly as possible." he explained, "each minute the defibrillator is delayed reduces the chance of survival

Because of her actions and knowledge the man Dellagrainge helped is doing well. It was discovered that he had multiple blockages and he underwent a triple bypass

surgery. He is back to working out at the Y.

As for Dellagrainge, she said she feels terrific and urges people to take a CPR/AED course. "CPR can and does work." She said.

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