Monthly Archives: July 2014

California’s No-CPR Law Causes Elderly Death

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This is not a joke. Recently, in California, an elderly resident died because the independent living facility has rules that forbids any of the employees to give CPR until emergency responders arrive. What????

This terrible situation created a lot of ruckus for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and soon Memorandum 14-01-NH was released.

Even though the memorandum made it clear that nursing homes should use CPR when necessary, the independent living centers are governed by state law, not CMS.

It seems that the state of Wisconsin is the only state to actually revise their CPR policies. No word from California. Before selecting an independent living facility for yourself or a loved one, you might want to investigate their CPR policy. And write your congressman or senator about changing these regulations!

2 Hours of CPR Saves Life

Courtesy of Facebook

Courtesy of Facebook

When a young athlete named Christine Newman went missing on a hiking expedition deep in the snow-covered mountains of Squamish, a series of fortunate events led to her survival. The story really is amazing.

Newman met a group of strangers in a cabin, but when she went to use the outhouse in the middle of the night, she fell into a tree well, where she stayed until sometime the next day when she was discovered.

She was showing signs of life, but when pulled from the hole, her heart stopped. The group of six strangers immediately began CPR, mouth-to-mouth, and other life-saving actions on Newman.

Emergency rescue was called, but during the two hours before they arrived, the six rotated CPR duties, never stopping, and always believing that, somehow, their efforts would not be in vain.

Once the emergency crew arrived, they continued CPR and rushed Newman to a specialist. Her case was precarious, but ultimately, she survived thanks to the six heros who never gave up!

Be a Hero! Learn CPR.

PulsePoint CPR App in Effect

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San Diego has joined the PulsePoint app team, and is now the largest region in the US to adopt this brilliant app.

According to statistics, cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in country, and a mere 8 percent survive.

The CPR app alerts users when an emergency occurs nearby. It also displays other information, such as, where an ambulance has been dispatched, or where a traffic collision has occurred.

The CPR app is active in about 500 communities around the nation, however, it may not be active in your area. If not, contact your Mayor and ask when it will be.