The team at Iriston House Dental Practice recently completed our annual CPR training. Occurrences of medical emergencies in dental practices are thankfully rare. However, it is important to make sure that our team is prepared for such situations if they should arise. The team are taught how to deal with different aspects of medical emergencies as well as the use of our defibrillator. The training was delivered by Steven Murray of TTC Medical.
What is CPR?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is an emergency procedure in which a person presses up and down on the casualty’s chest (chest compressions) and gives them a series of rescue breaths to help save their life when they are in cardiac arrest.
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.
This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival. If you come across someone who has had a cardiac arrest it’s vital to call 999 and start CPR. Then you should find out if there is a defibrillator nearby.
There are many defibrillators available in public places such as train stations, shopping centres, airport and leisure centres. These defibrillators are often known as public access defibrillators (PAD) as anyone can use them in an emergency. You shouldn’t be afraid of using a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest.