Evergreen student comes to grips with surviving sudden cardiac arrest

first_imgFort Vancouver High School is hosting a heart screening for young adults that consists of a survey asking about possible signs or symptoms and family history of heart conditions, a physical exam, blood pressure measurement and an electrocardiogram. In some cases, a limited echocardiogram is conducted.Students also will learn the importance of bystanders performing CPR and using AEDs in an emergency.n When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 22.n Where: 5700 E. 18th St.Online ResourcesNick of Time FoundationQuinn Driscoll FoundationSpencer’s Heart Strong FoundationParent Heart WatchClark County looks to train 30,000 people in CPR over the next two years through large group trainings.Currently, the county’s survival rate for cardiac arrest that occurs outside of a hospital is 17 percent, said Dr. Lynn Wittwer, medical program director for Clark County EMS. It’s above the U.S. average of 9.5 percent, but Wittwer looks to bring up the number of survivors.When someone calls 911 to report a cardiac arrest, the dispatcher asks the caller if he or she knows CPR. If they don’t, the dispatcher walks them through the steps. In an emergency, however, time is critical and people may be under too much stress to quickly learn CPR over the phone.In the few minutes before emergency responders can get to a collapsed patient, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation can make the difference between life and death.“The average person doesn’t know CPR and it’s our job to improve that,” Wittwer said.The effort kicks off May 17 at Evergreen High School — the poster child for cardiac arrest response — where the senior class will learn compression-only CPR. Next year, the county aims to teach every student at Evergreen.last_img read more