Welcome to Glad You Asked!


This section is a service offered by Workplace Training Solutions to the general public. Questions may be submitted by e-mail or some of the questions are ones that have been raised in class. I have found that if one person is asking a question, there are others with the same question.


One question a week at least will be answered here so stop back often and bring yourself up the First Aid & CPR Learning Curve!


Question for 7/5/2013


Can you use an A.E.D. on an unresponsive woman who is pregnant? This question was asked in a recent class and on the Responder Forums.


Answer: Yes! Pregnancy does not change the protocol in providing care. If the mother-to-be is in distress so is the child. The best thing a rescuer can do for the child is to help the mother. If the A.E.D. pads are properly placed, the electrical shock will travel through the mother's heart. For the lay rescuer, the best option is to treat as you have been trained.


 Question for 7/11/2013

What is the protocol if you suspect a person is having a

heart attack?

If a person is exhibiting symptoms of a heart attack you


1) Call 911 immediately even if the person says not to.


2) Ask the person if they are allergic to Aspirin, are
Pregnant and in the third trimester or if they have an ulcer. If the answer is
NO to all of these give 1 dose of a 325 mg. Aspirin pill or 2 low dose (81 mgs)
Aspirins. Have the patient chew the pills BEFORE they swallow them. Make sure
the bottle says ASPIRIN, not TYLENOL or other non-aspirin pain reliever.


3) Have someone get the AED and stay by if needed to

administer CPR.


Question for August 12, 2013

How many pounds of force does it take to do chest compressions on an average adult?

According to studies it requires between 90 lbs and 130 lbs of force to compress an adult chest the required two inches to perform CPR.

Now let that number sink in. If you had a 130 lb. weight suspended on a cable could you push down had enough to lift it two inches? Could you repeat that 30 times in a row, at a cadence of 100 lifts per minute?

That is the effort required to perform high quality CPR and it is tough. That being the case, it is even more important for many people to learn CPR, so that when the first person gets tired they can be spelled by a fresh person.

Most people are afraid that they are pushing two hard when doing CPR. With the new standards for depth of compression, pushing too hard is unlikely if the victim is an adult, if anything most people will not push hard enough.