Crush syndrome

Earthquakes, bombings, shelling. After the disaster, began the work of rescuers. One of the main risks for survivors buried for several hours is the crush syndrome or Bywaters syndrome.

September 11, 2001, two planes crash on the two highest towers of New York (415 metres and 417 metres) in which 50,000 people work. June 1990, Iran, the Earth trembles: 40,000 dead. 1940, the Nazi Germany launches the “blitzkrieg” on England: daily bombing, of the thousands of victims. The common point between these disasters held in a single name: Bywaters. known as the denomination of crush syndrome.

Crush syndrome

Compression of the muscles
“When we managed to leave the victim of his pile of Earth, it seemed quite valid! Aside from some mild wounds to the legs, she looked almost in full form. A quarter of an hour later, she was dead”. This testimony of a rescuer down to him alone the misdeeds of Bywaters syndrome. This syndrome was named after the English physician who was the first to describe it during World War II. Continue reading “Crush syndrome”

Cardiac arrest

The heart is a hollow pear shaped muscular organ located between the lungs. It ensures the circulation of the blood in the body, allowing the cells to receive oxygen and nutrients. This movement is essential to life. Heart failure causes the death of the victim in the short term. React!

In a cardiac arrestif no gesture of relief is realized immediately, and if relief did not occur, the victim’s life is threatened in the short term. Any victim must have an external heart massage associated with artificial ventilation so that its survival is maintained pending the arrival of relief. The recommendations come from change recently. They are specified by PR. Pierre Carli, Chief of the Samu de Paris and president of the French Council of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CFRC).

Cardiac arrest

How to react?
The new recommendations focus on the simplification of the gestures: resuscitation, there is no time to lose because every minute is counted and paid by a loss of chance of survival. “The new recommendations do plus all the distinctions of situation (adult/children) taught previously. In the absence of signs of life, began cardiopulmonary resuscitation without asking any question, on the basis of 30 chest compressions to 2 breaths”said Pr Pierre Carli.
First case: the victim complains of a pain in the chest. Continue reading “Cardiac arrest”

Cardiac defibrillator: 4 minutes to save lives!

More than 40 000 people die each year in France of a cardiac arrest. Several thousand of them could be saved by a defibrillator. A campaign stresses the relevance of their generalization in public places.

Between 40 to 60 000 people die each year in France of a cardiac arrest. However, if the defibrillators were more widespread in public places, thousands of lives could be saved. But today a THS Healthcare survey, 9 out of 10 French know what a defibrillator but more than a third of them are not ready to use it. In order to educate the public and Government, several initiatives were initiated to facilitate access to such devices and better train the public.

Emergency cardiac defibrillation

Act quickly in the event of cardiac arrest
Cardiac arrest occur in 70% of cases before one or more witnesses1. But the speed of the response is vital, each minute decreases by 10% the chances of survie1. The campaign of the RMC – BFM association therefore insists on the need to respond quickly through a film of awareness for the spread of defibrillators. Continue reading “Cardiac defibrillator: 4 minutes to save lives!”