This weekend I was out in the outer archipelago, and, together with some friends, walked into a man having just had a heart attack.
Three of us jumped right into CPR (that is, heart compression and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation). 17-18 minutes before a doctor who happened to be on the island arrived, and he had a defibrillator. 23 minutes until the ambulance-helicopter arrived. The longest 23 minutes in my life.
The man didn’t make it, which really feels like shit. But we gave him a chance, and that is what everyone could do.
We all had CPR-training, and that is what this post is all about.
If you haven’t had CPR-training you really should go a course. Ask your employer if they could sponsor it (if they are half descent they should) or just do it yourself.
Next time it could be someone close to you, and just knowing that you at least gave them a chance is worth everything. Believe me.
More info on CPR on Wikipedia, where you can find information in several different languages.