CPR Instruction

Regarding CPR instruction. For 10 years I [Strap-On Santa] was a certified Red Cross instructor for First Aid, CPR/AED and Oxygen Administration for Community, Workplace and Professional Rescuer groups. I was on staff as a paid instructor. My instructor certifications expired in 2010. However, as a Red Cross disaster responder I am required to maintain currency in First Aid and CPR/AED skills, recertifying every two years.
In 2010 the recommended protocol for lay or bystander CPR changed from the traditionally taught chest compressions and rescue breathing to “Hand Only” or “Continuous Chest Compressions CPR”. Research has shown the new protocol to be almost twice as effective as the more traditional method most have learned in the past.
Below are the current guidelines and recommendations for emergency care. All of the necessary skills can be learned by watching the video recommendation listed in the document. For the most part formal training is not necessary. The Red Cross, American Heart Association and many community fire departments offer Fist Aid and CPR/AED training, usually with some cost.


Symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Undue fatigue, generally without physical exertion
  • Difficulty breathing or catching one breath
  • A feeling of tightness in the chest, or a feeling like an elephant is sitting on your chest
  • A feeling like the heart is skipping a beat
  • A sense of heartburn
  • Pain in the arm, or neck
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat or nausea

Men and women may have different symptoms of a heart attack, but this list should cover everyone.

  • If a person displays any of the symptoms of a heart attack it should be treated as an emergency. Their condition may deteriorate rapidly.
  • Someone should stay with the person at all times.
  • Call 911 even if the person says that they will be OK. This will bring EMS as early as possible. This is preferable to trying to transport the person yourself.
  • If you are in an area where an AED may be available have someone obtain it
  • EMS personnel will assess the person and possible check them with a portable EKG
  • EMS will advise if hospital emergency care is recommended.
  • The person can always refuse this advice.
  • If the person losses consciousness begin Hands Only CPR immediately.
  • If you encounter an unconscious person check for responsiveness by shaking and shouting or a sternal rub.
  • If the person is breathing they have a pulse 100% of the time
  • Instructions for Hands Only or Continuous Chest Compression CPR:
  • Call 911 or direct a person to call 911
  • Place the person on their back on a solid surface
  • Place on hand on their sternum in the center of their chest; place your other hand on top of the first hand
  • Place your shoulders directly over their sternum and lock your elbows
  • Press down on their chest 2” – 2.5” with your body weight at the rate 100 – 125 times per minute
  • Think of a disco song like the Bee-Gees “Stayin’ Alive” to time your compressions
  • Most people can maintain the rhythm only for a few minutes at a time
  • At the end of each compression ensure that your relax all pressure on the chest
  • Switch rescuers every 2 – 3 minutes
  • Maintain continuous compressions until EMS arrives or an AED becomes available.
  • Without an AED survivable chances decrease by about 10% for each minute
  • An AED will advise a delivering a shock only if shockable electrical activity is detected
  • If the person begins to breathe place the person on their side if still unconscious and continue to monitor them

Hands Only of Continuous Chest Compressions CPR has been the recommended protocol for bystander and lay responder response since 2010. This is due to the difficulty most poorly practiced responders have in actually maintaining an open airway and delivering effective rescue breaths.
For lay responder Hands Only CPR is twice as effective as trying to give rescue breaths. Every time you stop to give rescue breaths blood circulation stops decreasing the effectiveness of traditional CPR.
The below listed CPR videos give adequate instruction for performing Hands Only CPR:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcbgpiKyUbs (5:59)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzSq-88Ibak (2:19)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuJkRpJ7Fxg (1:08)
http://www.procpr.org/en/training_video/hands-only-cpr (3:24)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNHlC1aaCz8 (9:54)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTS5r1IlVao (6:53) Emphasis on AED Use
Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MyHeartandStrokeNews/Heart-Attack- or-Sudden-Cardiac- Arrest-How-Are-They- Different_UCM_440804_Article.jsp#.V3pq7aLl83Q

Growlers for the Pub Crawl

One of the stops for the Pre-Lube of Nash Hash will be Gimp’s house in the Oregon District.  If there are any home brewers who want to share their handiwork with the hash, inform me at [email protected] and bring a growler to Gimp’s house between 1730 to 1800 (5:30 to 6 PM) on 4 August 2016, just prior to the 1830 start of the Pub Crawl at Warped Wing Brewery.
1/4 Barrel

Subway Dragons 5K 2016

Subway Dragons 5K

Porkless and I [More Leggs] sign up for this every year.   Think we can get a group signed up?

The race that pays you is back for 2016! Join Heater, Gem and thousands of other runners at Fifth Third Field on Saturday, July 23 at 9am. Just for signing up participants receive stadium seat tickets to a Dragons game, a 5K shirt, a Dragons souvenir, two vouchers good for a sub or salad from Subway and access to the post-race party featuring tons of activities for adults and kids alike!
The race is $25 thru July 17, $30 the week of the race and only $15 for youth 17 and under. Sign up now atwww.daytondragons.com/subwaydragons5k.

The run/walk is a perfect activity for friends, family, coworkers…whoever! Back in 2016 is the ability to sign up as a team. We have great prizes for team sign-ups as well as individual sign-ups. The top four finishers’ times on each team will be counted. Group prizes include a luxury suite at a 2017 Dragons game, subway catering and more! Sign up your group today here.
Catch big savings with Subway restaurants with an all-star offer. Italian B.M.T. footlong sandwiches are only $6 for the month of July! Subway has really covered their bases with this affordable and delicious deal.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Alex Wilker at[email protected]agons.comor at 937-228-2287 x114.
Thank you!

Alex Wilker | Marketing Manager
Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball Team
Fifth Third Field | 220 N. Patterson Blvd. | Dayton, OH 45402
Office: 937-228-2287 ext. 114  | Fax: (937) 228-2284 | Web: daytondragons.com