What is Heart Safe

Heart Safe Community of Plymouth MN

 
The Rotary Club of Plymouth has partnered with Allina Hospitals and Clinics to begin a new signature project called Heart Safe Plymouth.
 
 
SEE US ON TV !!!  Click on the link below to see a short TV clip about Plymouth Rotary and their CPR and AED training.   
 
 
 
The goal is to make the community a safer place to live, work, and play in Plymouth Minnesota
 
The core of the program involves the following:
  • Educate and train on the emergency treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) by providing CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training to individuals and organizations in the  community.
  • Encourage and assist with the acquisition of AED’s so our community has more of them readily available if needed.
  • Get AED’s in the community listed on the National AED Registry so their location is available to 911 operators.
 
We, The Rotary Club of Plymouth, have reached our initial goal. We were awarded so many “heartbeats” for working on the above items. Based on the program Allina has developed and our population in the City of Plymouth, we obtained 750 heartbeats to earn the title of “Heart Safe Plymouth”.
 
We are on our way and have trained more than 4,205 people, and are looking for more organizations that would like to be trained on CPR or assist with the procurement and placement of AED’s in our community.
 
To schedule a FREE training session for your company and get involved please email heartsafeplymouth@gmail.com
 
The following link provides an interactive save-a-life simulation, produced by Medtronic, to provide viewers with quick response options when someone has a heart attack.  http://www.heartrescuenow.com/
 
 
                                              Medical Information:
 
Cardiac Arrest:
 
     Also known as sudden cardiac arrest or SCA. Cardiac arrest is the cessation of normal circulation of the blood due to failure of the heart to contract effectively. A cardiac arrest is different from (but may be caused by) a heart attack, where blood flow to the muscle of the heart is impaired. Cardiac arrest is a medical emergency that, in certain situations, is potentially reversible if treated early. The treatment for cardiac arrest is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to provide circulatory support, followed by defibrillation if a shockable rhythm is present.
 
 
     Since 2008, the American Heart Association recommends the use of Hands-Only CPR for teens and adults who suddenly collapse in an "out-of-hospital" setting (such as at home, at work or in a park).  Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths.  It consists of two easy steps:
  1. Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that).
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.”
Conventional CPR is still recommended for:
  1. Unresponsive infants and children
  2. Anyone who is found already unconscious and not breathing normally
  3. Victims of drowning, drug overdose, or collapse due to breathing problems
 
 
Automated External Defibrillator (AED):
 
     An automated external defibrillator is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.
 
 
                                                Commonly Asked Questions
 
 
 What age group can take the training?
--Anyone who is old enough to handle CPR training, but teenagers and up is a great place to start.
 
 How long is the training session?
--The time to train and offer certification is one (1) hour.
 
 When can training be offered?
--Training can be done during the business day, nights and weekends.
 
How many can be trained at one time?
--We can train up to 60 people in one session. However, this requires that you have ample space available for 60 people with dummies and trainers to perform the work. If not, many organizations will offer back-to-back sessions with a smaller size of 10-20.
 
Can you give examples of people who receive training in Plymouth?
--Anyone interested in learning how to save lives. Some examples are businesses for profit, business not for profit, stores, schools, restaurants, sporting teams with coaches and parents, etc.