Training a layperson in the midst of professionals

This report is written from the personal point of view of a layperson who has learned cardiac massage in a basic course. In the midst of professionals who, because of their profession, have to refresh the course repeatedly. The layman thinks that he is allowed to do so.

Dare and press!

Fortunately, Laie only practised on a dummy and was measured in tact, depth and stamina. 81% was the survival rate that Laie, in cooperation with a course colleague, was able to give the training dummy. For 7 minutes, 30 chest compressions, 2 breaths until the arrival and application of the shock device AED. Abrasions from the wristbands and beads of sweat included. The video here shows what effort it takes - soustitré en français pour nos amis romands.

The life-saving surge from the defibrillator is often not at hand or directly at the scene of the rescue. Unfortunately, in many parts of Switzerland, the first responder cannot be close enough to save lives quickly enough. Which is why resQshock is on a great mission to write, educate and initiate. And why the layman finally went on a course and is thinking about attending further courses up to first responder.

The 30 blows in the middle of the chest, where the sternum and the bra meet, require not only strength, but also a depth of at least 5 to 6 cm. Depending on the thickness of the ribcage, this may be even more. At least a third must be pressed in. One hand flat, the other crossed over it. Deep enough and in time. The device on the manikin constantly measures whether the rhythm and depth are correct. Ventilation is pleasant thanks to a mask, but it is too often forgotten to push the head back. This continues until help arrives with a defibrillator. This can be a passer-by who runs to the nearest defibrillator or a first responder summoned via an app. The main thing is to keep pressing the heart and breathing until then.

Putting on the defibrillator afterwards was almost relaxing: lid on and he talks to you, there's even a metronome to keep time. He talks, guides and gives safety instructions. Stepping away, not touching the patient when the shock is given. The defibrillator first measures the heart rate and then synchronously tells the patient when to give 30 shocks and two breaths. Placing the badges with the electrodes on the left and right of the chest is also easy - as is setting adult or child mode. Pressing the flashing red button is also easy.

The realisation that doing nothing is the most fatal thing was one thing for the layman. The second "aha" experience was to dare to do anything at all, even if the layman already gets sick from stories and blood. Anyone who wants to press his or her own chest knows how hard it feels there. Why don't more people want to save others from cardiac arrest? The layman would now know how. In Ticino, too. But anyone can get help, and the network of defibrillators is getting denser. Layman remains confident.

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