Master's Message October 2017

Greetings​ ​Brethren,

I​ ​recently​ ​attended​ ​a​ ​Heartsaver​ ​CPR​ ​AED​ ​course​ ​at​ ​Jenks​ ​Lodge,​ ​hosted​ ​by​ ​Worshipful​ ​Master Stephan​ ​Saraidarian.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​personally​ ​been​ ​doing​ ​CPR​ ​certification​ ​for​ ​over​ ​6​ ​years​ ​now,​ ​and​ ​I think​ ​it’s​ ​one​ ​of​ ​those​ ​life​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​knowledge​ ​that​ ​may​ ​help​ ​save​ ​a​ ​life;​ ​unexpected​ ​events,​ ​like cardiac​ ​arrests,​ ​choking​ ​or​ ​drowning,​ ​can​ ​happen​ ​at​ ​any​ ​time​ ​to​ ​anybody.

​Although​ ​much​ ​is​ ​been​ ​done​ ​to​ ​prevent​ ​death​ ​from​ ​heart​ ​problems,​ ​sudden​ ​cardiac​ ​arrest​ ​is still​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​leading​ ​causes​ ​of​ ​death​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States.​ ​About​ ​70%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​cardiac​ ​arrest​ ​that occur​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the​ ​hospital​ ​happen​ ​at​ ​home.​ ​​Every​ ​year,​ ​about​ ​395,000​ ​people​ ​suffer​ ​cardiac arrest​ ​in​ ​their​ ​homes​ ​or​ ​other​ ​non-hospital​ ​settings​ ​and​ ​less​ ​than​ ​6​ ​percent​ ​of​ ​them​ ​survive.

Cardiac​ ​arrest​ ​​is​ not a​ heart​ attack​ ​it’s​ ​worse.​ ​It​ ​means​ ​the​ ​heart​ ​abruptly​ ​stops​ ​beating,​ ​its electrical​ ​activity​ ​knocked​ ​out​ ​of​ ​rhythm.​ ​CPR​ ​can​ ​buy​ ​critical​ ​time​ ​if​ ​it’s​ ​started​ ​immediately,​ ​but today’s​ ​report​ ​concludes​ ​the​ ​nation​ ​must​ ​take​ ​key​ ​steps​ ​to​ ​give​ ​victims​ ​a​ ​better​ ​shot.

“Cardiac​ ​arrest​ ​survival​ ​rates​ ​are​ ​unacceptably​ ​low,”​ ​said​ ​Dr.​ ​Robert​ ​Graham​ ​of​ ​George Washington​ ​University,​ ​who​ ​chaired​ ​the​ ​IOM​ ​committee’s​ ​investigation.​ ​“There​ ​is​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​an individual​ ​can​ ​do​ ​to​ ​assist​ ​somebody​ ​if​ ​they​ ​witness​ ​one,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​their​ ​communities​ ​to improve​ ​the​ ​system​ ​of​ ​response.”

What​ ​to​ ​do​ ​may​ ​sound​ ​straightforward:​ ​Call​ ​911,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​start​ ​quick,​ ​hard​ ​compressions​ ​of​ ​the person’s​ ​chest​ ​until​ ​trained​ ​responders​ ​arrive.​ ​If​ ​a​ ​device​ ​called​ ​an​ ​AED​ ​—​ ​an​ ​automated external​ ​defibrillator​ ​is​ ​available,​ ​use​ ​it.

In​ ​reality,​ ​the​ ​IOM​ ​committee​ ​said​ ​fear,​ ​not​ ​understanding​ ​what​ ​cardiac​ ​arrest​ ​is,​ ​lack​ ​of​ ​first-aid training​ ​and​ ​concern​ ​about​ ​legal​ ​liability​ ​can​ ​hamper​ ​response​ ​and​ ​cost​ ​precious​ ​time.​ ​Each year,​ ​less​ ​than​ ​3​ ​percent​ ​of​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​population​ ​receives​ ​training​ ​in​ ​CPR​ ​or​ ​defibrillator​ ​use, while​ ​some​ ​European​ ​countries​ ​mandate​ ​training,​ ​the​ ​report​ ​found.​ ​Good​ ​Samaritan​ ​laws provide​ ​varying​ ​legal​ ​protection​ ​by​ ​state.​ ​At​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time,​ ​laymen​ ​shouldn’t​ ​feel​ ​they​ ​have​ ​to provide​ ​perfect​ ​care,​ ​said​ ​IOM​ ​committee​ ​member​ ​Dr.​ ​Tom​ ​Aufderheide​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Medical​ ​College of​ ​Wisconsin.

Special​ ​thanks,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​deeply​ ​appreciate​ ​the​ ​efforts​ ​made​ ​by​ ​W:.M:.​ ​Stephan​ ​S.​ ​for​ ​contributing to​ ​add​ ​more​ ​knowledge​ ​to​ ​a​ ​small​ ​group​ ​of​ ​individuals,​ ​who​ ​are​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​change​ ​if​ ​ever needed.​ ​I​ ​do​ ​encourage​ ​you,​ ​Brethren​ ​at​ ​Redwood​ ​Lodge,​ ​to​ ​follow​ ​these​ ​steps,​ ​and​ ​help reduce​ ​this​ ​awful​ ​statistic​ ​rate,​ ​and​ ​help​ ​save​ ​someone’s​ ​life.

On​ ​a​ ​different​ ​note,​ ​I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​congratulate​ ​our​ ​Jewish​ ​Brethren​ ​on​ ​their​ ​major​ ​holidays,​ ​​Rosh Hashana​​ ​September​ ​21-22,​ ​2017,​ ​and​ ​​Yom​ ​Kippur​ ​​September​ ​30,​ ​2017.

Our​ ​regular​ ​communication​ ​will​ ​be​ ​October​ ​4th,​ ​due​ ​to​ ​observance​ ​of​ ​Columbus’​ ​day;​ ​originally we​ ​were​ ​going​ ​to​ ​vote​ ​on​ ​two​ ​new​ ​candidates​ ​for​ ​initiation​ ​on​ ​our​ ​Craft.​ ​This​ ​voting​ ​will​ ​be pushed​ ​back​ ​until​ ​our​ ​November​ ​meeting,​ ​followed​ ​by​ ​our​ ​E.A.​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​our​ ​December’s meeting.

Brethren,​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​October’s​ ​program​ ​in​ ​our​ ​Lodge,​ ​I​ ​will​ ​open​ ​a​ ​Forum​ ​for​ ​discussion​ ​on Masonic​ ​related​ ​issues,​ ​question​ ​and​ ​answers​ ​of​ ​what​ ​would​ ​you​ ​like​ ​to​ ​see​ ​more​ ​often​ ​in Lodge,​ ​personal​ ​ideas​ ​of​ ​how​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​our​ ​quality​ ​time​ ​while​ ​in​ ​business​ ​meeting.​ ​Please​ ​be prepared​ ​for​ ​this​ ​Forum,​ ​this​ ​is​ ​your​ ​time​ ​to​ ​express​ ​your​ ​ideas.

We’ll​ ​open​ ​at​ ​5:30pm,​ ​conduct​ ​our​ ​regular​ ​business,​ ​and​ ​close​ ​in​ ​due​ ​time.​ ​Then,​ ​we’ll​ ​head​ ​out to​ ​​Red​ Bridge​ Tavern,​ 22​ ​Waterman​ ​Ave,​ ​East​ ​Providence,​ ​RI​ ​02914​​ ​for​ ​an​ ​informal​ ​dinner and​ ​drinks.​ ​You​ ​are​ ​in​ ​charge​ ​of​ ​your​ ​own.

All​ ​Brethren​ ​are​ ​welcome​ ​to​ ​join​ ​us!

Fraternally yours,

Javier R. Alfonzo
Worshipful Master