So Your Roommate Is Dying, Now What?

Regardless of how lame your roommate is, I think we would all want to know what to do if they were dying, right? So below I have outlined simple and easy steps on how to make sure your lovely roommate –who never cleans up after himselves– stays alive. And before you try and change your mind, remember WWJD (we want jelly donuts). I mean think about it, your roommate will owe you BIG TIME if you save his life; which means Free Jelly Donuts!

First and foremost:

1. Call for help!

That means call a suite mate and tell them to call 911 or call 911 yourself. If possible get your R.A involved.

2. Push hard and fast on the middle of the person’s chest

Perhaps you aren’t interested in making out with your roommate. Well I have great news, according to new research you can skip the mouth-to-mouth breathing and just press on the chest to save a life.

In a major change, the American Heart Association said Monday that hands-only CPR — rapid, deep presses on the victim’s chest until help arrives — works just as well as standard CPR for sudden cardiac arrest in adults.

“You only have to do two things. Call 911 and push hard and fast on the middle of the person’s chest,”

“You only have to do two things. Call 911 and push hard and fast on the middle of the person’s chest,” said Dr. Michael Sayre, an emergency medicine professor at Ohio State University who headed the committee that made the recommendation.

Hands-only CPR calls for uninterrupted chest presses — 100 a minute — until paramedics take over or an automated external defibrillator is available to restore a normal heart rhythm.

This action should be taken only for adults who unexpectedly collapse, stop breathing and are unresponsive. The odds are that the person is having cardiac arrest — the heart suddenly stops — which can occur after a heart attack or be caused by other heart problems. In such a case, the victim still has ample air in the lungs and blood and compressions keep blood flowing to the brain, heart and other organs.

Important Note!

A child or young adult who collapses is more likely to primarily have breathing problems — and in that case, mouth-to-mouth breathing should be used. That also applies to adults who suffer lack of oxygen from a near-drowning, drug overdose, or carbon monoxide poisoning. In these cases, people need mouth-to-mouth to get air into their lungs and bloodstream.

“Something is better than nothing,”

‘Better Than nothing’
But in either case, “Something is better than nothing,” Sayre said.

According to MSNBC

“The CPR guidelines had been inching toward compression-only. The last update, in 2005, put more emphasis on chest pushes by alternating 30 presses with two quick breaths; those “unable or unwilling” to do the breaths could do presses alone.

Now the heart association has given equal standing to hands-only CPR. Those who have been trained in traditional cardiopulmonary resuscitation can still opt to use it.”

So before you decide to let your roommate die on the floor, remember how much he will owe you if you save his life :)

Maximillian Garland | Bright Futura Columnist

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