September 15, 2017
CPR Champion: Any Able Bystander Can Save a Life
Chassadie Reynolds is not a typical registered nurse. Though she enjoys providing clinical care to patients, she spends most of her time in a different type of role. Reynolds serves as a chest pain coordinator at Medical City Arlington. In that role, she collects and analyzes data from the hospital’s heart patient population in order to support patient education for healthy outcomes. She also ensures standards are met for the hospital’s Chest Pain Accreditation.
Medical City Arlington was the first certified Chest Pain Center in Tarrant County and is a top performer in heart attack and heart failure care as designated by The Joint Commission.
Chest Pain Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology includes, but is not limited to, providing mandatory community education, which consists of early heart attack care and hands-only CPR. Accompanied by another nurse from Medical City Arlington and a firefighter from Grand Prairie Fire Department, Reynolds recently held a series of workshops to teach hands-only CPR to students at Grand Prairie High School.
"We have a strong partnership with Grand Prairie Fire Department and the ISD, and really appreciate the school district allowing us to come teach this important topic," says Reynolds. "We hope to support a new generation of individuals that can save someone's life during an emergency."
Hands-only CPR involves a series of chest compressions at a cadence of 100 to 120 per minute. If that's too challenging to remember during an emergency, try doing it to the steady beat of a memorable, chart-topping hit by the Bee Gees - Staying Alive.
"Any able bystander can save a life," says Reynolds, a self-proclaimed CPR champion. "The only limiting factor might be not having proper training."
More than 130 students were trained during the latest series of workshops. Reynolds and her team plans to continue teaching hands-only CPR to as many people as they can.
Learn how to save a life with Hands-only CPR.
Watch this video to learn how to do infant CPR.