Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Defib: Starting Over
I am required every three years to renew a first aid designation with St. John's Ambulance. It comes with my job description at the plant. I am attending this week, and for the first time receiving instruction on the AED (Automated External Defibrillator).
When a casualty is experiencing certain types of irregular heart rhythms bringing on an attack the portable can be used in combination with CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) to bring on the right rhythm.
But first the casualty must die!
The AED is a smart machine. It has audio chips which will talk the operator through all of the necessary steps and precautions before pushing the shock button. WHAM at 40 amps!
By the time the machine arrives, CPR has begun, a two-handed, straight-armed, forceful down pushing over the casualty's sternum at a sequence of 30 pushes and then two puffs of air into the mouth. This manoeuvre effectively sandwiches and massages the heart between ribs and backbone. Wired adhesive pads are attached to the trunk of the body as illustrated. The machine reads the heart. If flat-line, the machine bids the continuation of the CPR. If it shows the beginning of certain workable irregular beats, it will prepare the operator for the charge.
All bystanders must abstain from physical contact with the patient. The shock is meant to kill him alone. Then the continued CPR may bring on the right heart rhythm, and a new life has begun.
If unsuccessful the machine will so advise and the whole process is repeated.
Ranging in price from $1300 to $3000, these life-savers are being introduced into all public buildings (malls, arenas, schools, churches, offices). The pressure of policy is so great presently that there will be legislation soon. The thinking has become, "better that a ten-year old try to save her Mom while at the skating arena, than that nothing be done at all until the arrival of the para-medics." The professionals admit that they need this head-start. With it comes an 88% success rate. The odds are reduced by 10% for each minute taken up before the manipulation of the heart and introduction of fresh oxygen.
I got thinking about a parallel to this. Something that looks like a heart beat is going on. But it is perverted. It will lead to death. A concerned well-meaning helper must stroke and manipulate the heart. Then everyone must step back and allow the application of REAL POWER. This power will destroy the "old man". It may take several attempts, but a new life will be the result. This is the working of salvation.
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.