When a co-worker collapses and their heart stops beating, every second counts. In this high-pressure situation, even individuals with CPR training can succumb to stress and forget the basic steps needed to save a life. Fortunately, PlusTrac™ AED Management and Mobilize RRS can empower bystanders to provide life-saving care until paramedics arrive on the scene.
Time is of the Essence
In a medical emergency, a fast response is necessary to ensure the greatest chance of survival. However, not all emergencies are equally time-sensitive. Cardiac-related incidents stand out as one of the most time sensitive medical emergencies. The American Heart Association highlights the rising risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA):
“When a person goes into SCA, the chance of survival drops by 10% every 60 seconds that passes without defibrillation.”
Unfortunately, this is not the only issue that can dramatically impact a cardiac victim’s chance of survival.
Panic Can Cause You To Forget The Basics
Stress can have a disastrous impact on one’s ability to recall vital information. When a bystander witnesses a cardiac event and needs to apply life-saving CPR, they may find themselves overwhelmed and unable to remember their training. In this PsychCentral article, Fabiana Franco, Ph.D., highlights the following finding:
"The relationship between stress and memory is complex. A little bit of stress can enhance your ability to encode, store, and retrieve factual information. Too much stress, however, can shut the system down."
This research provides the scientific basis for why acute stress may cause someone to draw a blank, no matter the kind of training they’ve had. In a situation where sudden cardiac arrest has occurred, this can mean the difference between life and death.
Under these circumstances, an app or software assistant, like the app our sister company Mobilize Rescue Systems provides, could be a life-saving factor. Using best practices and protocols defined by the American Heart Association (AHA), Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), and the American College of Surgeons, the Mobilize Rescue System provides untrained individuals with the information they need to handle different medical emergencies. Regardless of prior training, this tool can buy you the time you need to ensure someone’s survival.
How the Mobilize Rescue System helps save lives
The Mobilize Rescue App provides critical medical information to individuals through their smartphone. The user swipes through slides, which contain easy to understand images and text which a layperson can understand. These slides provide the user with step by step instructions on how to deal with a variety of emergencies, including severe bleeding, breathing problems and opiate overdose.
You’ll be prompted to navigate through these slides by answering mostly yes or no questions, and if you’re unsure, there are “Learn more” buttons to help you better understand what you need to do. Finally, a time-stamped record is displayed, so you can show the EMS the important actions you’ve already taken.
You can easily download the Mobilize Rescue App through the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, and then input your email and company’s license code to register the app. When an emergency takes place, you simply need to launch the app, and follow the steps to assess and treat the medical emergency.
Mobilize Rescue System Supplies
The complete Mobilize Rescue System also includes a variety of supplies and instructions. This additional equipment and instructional material will ensure you’re prepared to treat a variety of medical emergencies, including severe bleeding, cardiac arrest, seizures, choking, chest trauma, hypothermia, and burns.
These supplies are specifically labeled to integrate with the app, so you’ll be able to easily identify what to use and when, even when under pressure.
Insuring Your AED Works with PlusTrac
In a situation where cardiac arrest occurs, you need to ensure your AED is functional. PlusTrac AED Management can assist you in this task. Our solution helps you perform routine inspections to verify all AED components are ready to use in an emergency. The app helps eliminate the human error that can occur with a manual inspection, providing assurance that the AED will work as needed.
A partnership that works
The Mobilize Rescue Systems and PlusTrac AED Management work together to provide you with the step-by-step guidance you need to perform critical first aid care during a sudden cardiac event. Click here to take advantage of PlusTrac AED Management’s free trial.