Coping with an emergency situation: The AXON Soft team has the skills to help in a crisis

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In Europe, every 45 seconds a person suffers a heart attack. A prompt intervention can lead to a 60% increase in survival rate. Learning first aid can help each of us feel more prepared to cope with an emergency situation. This is why, at AXON Soft, we feel that first aid measures must be known by all employees. We consider that knowing a minimum number of maneuvers can make the difference between life and death in a crisis situation.

A first aid training aims, first of all, to save lives. It also prevents suffering and offers help to people in crisis. Keeping in mind the fact that we never know when we might need to help a colleague, friend, family member, or stranger who faces an emergency situation, we decided to organize a first aid course for the whole team.

With the help of volunteers from the Romanian Association of Ambulance Services, we spent a couple of hours learning and practicing how to give first aid assistance.

The Chain of Survival

One of the first things that we were taught refers to the Chain of Survival. If someone suffers an out of hospital Cardiac arrest and certain things happen in a certain order, their chances of survival are hugely increased.

The Chain of Survival is internationally recognized and has four steps, out of which the first three can be performed by any person that learned basic lifesaving:

  1. Being able to recognize an emergency situation and getting assistance is the first step in helping them.
  2. Early CPR: performing chest compressions can keep their heart going until the ambulance arrives. Manually massaging the heart promotes blood flow around the body and extends the opportunity for a successful resuscitation without permanent brain damage.
  3. Early defibrillation: having access to an automated defibrillator can triple a victim’s chances of survival.
  4. Early advanced care: delivered by the Paramedics who arrive as soon as possible.

Basic life support in a crisis situation

In order to provide basic life support, we`ve learned that we need to make sure that the victim has an open airway so that the oxygen and carbon dioxide can pass between the lungs and the atmosphere. Also, we need to provide an adequate blood to the brain and to assure the inflation and deflation of the lungs.

While conscious people maintain their own airway automatically, the unconscious victims may be unable to do so and will need help to keep the airway unblocked. Once the victim is breathing, we`ve learned that the first aider must place the victim in the recovery position (leaned over on their side), which also helps to avoid the death due to choking on regurgitated stomach contents.

The Heimlich maneuver

Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death. The Heimlich maneuver is a simple technique that can be used to help expel the trapped object from a victim’s airway.

Before applying it, we were taught to determine whether the person who appears to be choking is conscious and coughing. This way, the victim may be able to expel the object on their own.

The second step before applying the Heimlich maneuver is to apply five back blows. If the victim is still unable to cough and expel the trapped object, breath or speak, that the Heimlich maneuver lifts the diaphragm and expels air from their lungs. This causes the foreign object to be expelled from the airway.

In this situation, the Heimlich maneuver is just a first aid, so you need to call 112 as soon as possible and ask for specialized help.

At last but not least, we were trained to deal with injuries such as burns, intoxications, epileptic seizures or drowning situations.

We are thankful for all the support and patience of the volunteers from the Romanian Association of Ambulance Services. We believe we gained the skills and confidence to act in an emergency and that now we are prepared to help people in a crisis.

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