Ask yourself this question:
“If someone were to collapse in front of me would I know what to do?”
You would be surprised to know that most people wouldn’t know what to do. Or they do know what to do but are too afraid to help because they fear they would do more harm than good.
They suspect cardiac arrest but ask: “Should I check their pulse?”; “Should I see if they are breathing?”; “What if they aren’t breathing?”; “What if I can’t tell if I feel a pulse?!”; “Should I start chest compressions?! I’m totally freaking out!”
It’s okay, take a breath, these are totally legitimate concerns. Witnessing a sudden cardiac arrest can be a very traumatizing experience, especially when you know you may be the only person with the skills to provide aid.
What if I told you that you can help and be confident and safe in making the decision to step in and help save a life. Did you know that the Oregon Good Samaritan law protects you from liability when you do something in good faith but unintentionally cause harm? It even protects you if you choose to do nothing.
Good Samaritan laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are, or who they believe to be, injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated. The protection is intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death.
So, in a witnessed cardiac arrest in the pre-hospital care setting, doing something is better than doing nothing.
If you aren’t sure if you feel a pulse or see them breathing and the person is completely unresponsive, getting on that person’s chest and initiating immediate chest compressions is not going to get you in trouble. If they are dead, you aren’t going to hurt them; and if they aren’t dead they will let you know as soon as you start pushing on their chest!
That’s why we want to help build your confidence and learn to save a life in a safe, relaxed and fun environment by joining us at 10 Barrel East on Sunday, June 17th, 2018 for our “Drink Beer Save Lives” campaign. Learn the basics of CPR and AED and drink a beer or two! Visit our website to register today!