American Healthcare - EMS


     Every single resident has a role in possibly saving their own life or that of someone they love. Learning "Hands-Only CPR" and first aid, taking the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, volunteering for organizations like the Red Cross...all of these actions can have a direct effect on a life or death situation.

We are all equipped with life saving devices...


    Experts now believe an adult who suddenly collapses due to cardiac arrest has enough air in his/her lungs and blood during CPR and doesn’t need mouth-to-mouth breathing.

 If you see someone collapse… 

  1.  CALL 9-1-1 or ask someone else to do so
  2. Try to get the person to respond; if he/she doesn't, roll the person on his/her back.
    1. Place the heel of your hand on the center of the victim's chest. Put your other hand on top of the first with your fingers interlaced.
    2. Press down so you compress the chest at least 2 inches on adults and children and 1.5 inches on infants. One hundred times a minute or even a little faster is optimal.

(That's the same rhythm as the beat of the Bee Gee's song "Stayin' Alive")

Continue - until help (EMS) arrives


Heart attack vs. sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)

    SCA isn’t the same thing as a heart attack. A heart attack is a “plumbing” problem, where a blockage causes part of the heart to die.

75% of people who are having a cardiac event experience one or more of the classic “signs and/or symptoms” of a heart attack:

  • chest pain;
  • chest or abdominal discomfort, heaviness, squeezing, burning or tightness;
  • pain radiating or isolated to jaw, shoulders or back;
  • nausea;
  • diaphoresis (sweating);
  • dizziness; trouble breathing;
  • anxiety; or back pain 

    17 patients survived out-of-hospital SCA in 2012, which equates to an overall survival rate of 22.7%. When the patient presented with an initial heart rhythm of ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia, meaning that emergency personnel or bystanders with an AED could shock the patient’s heart, 60% of victims survived! With only a year’s worth of data our numbers are small, but are very impressive. The data shows that patients who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest in Napa County have a much better chance of survival than most locations in the US.

Click here to view, print or save the2012 cardiac arrest locations / map. The County is using this data to drive our bystander education and awareness and to inform individuals that they can play an important role in saving someone’s life.  In addition to evidence-based best practices, public education and information on CPR and use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has taken place county-wide. “Hands Only CPR” has been taught in numerous public settings and via private instruction. 

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs)

    AEDs are relatively inexpensive, easy-to-use devices designed to walk the rescuer through a few simple steps. Consider placing an AED in your business or becoming a sponsor for an AED at a school or non-profit organization in Napa County. For more information or to learn how you or your organization can get involved in the Queen's Heart Safe Program, please visit www.thequeen.org/heartsafe, or call The Via Foundation at (800)284-0125.


    "I am particularly impressed by the number of organizations behind this great program; this is truly a collaborative community effort. By placing AEDs and teaching CPR we are increasing the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest and making Napa County a Heart Safe Place to live, work, learn and play," said Mike Randolph, Fire Chief for the City of Napa Fire Department. The Via Foundation helps save lives by raising funds for, and placing AEDs in schools and communities. Our CPR training and program management solutions give communities the skills and equipment necessary to help prevent unnecessary deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. More information about The Via Foundation can be found at www.theviafoundation.org


Click here to view, print or save local AED locations in Napa County

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Local CPR classes / courses

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