I just learned that a good friend of mine — a lawyer — had a heart attack. He almost died. He was standing at the elevator with a bunch of other lawyers. And he collapsed. None of the lawyers knew how to use the AED unit parked on the wall — since none had attended their firm-sponsored AED course. Fortunately a staff person who had taken the firm’s AED course — came out and helped save his life.
How many of you have taken AED training? Heimlich training? CPR? First aid? I have discussed this topic in the past but I believe it’s always time for a renewed kick in your caboose. . . . .
In my post of October 21, 2011, I recounted that the best course I ever took in college was a year-long program on advanced/Civil Defense first aid training. It has come in very handy over the years. Thus, a few years ago when I looked at the AED sign on the train heading to my office, something clicked. I oughta figure out what this “AED” thingee is. So while having lunch at my desk – I logged onto a YouTube video which told the story of the AED (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfvu5FCQs6o ). I now have a better idea now of what an AED does. And how it works. I would urge those reading this post to spend 4 minutes to learn about the AED.
And while you’re at it, why not learn the Heimlich Maneuver? I’ve done it twice – successfully. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CgtIgSyAiU&feature=kp
A baby choking? See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUSnEpheYkY
How about CPR (“Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation”)? See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPEFskCrdhQ&feature=kp
Heavy bleeding? See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwV39oxGwZU
Rescue breathing? See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu9WTPOCxwU
If you watch all of these videos (if they don’t “link” just paste them in your browser), you will spend about 40 minutes. But it may be the most valuable 40 minutes you ever spend. Someone – maybe you – will be eternally grateful.