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!
Javier R. Alfonzo