So I asked my coworkers today what they think a cardiopulmonary arrest meant. Most of them thought it was the same thing as a heart attack. I promptly educated them that a heart attack is when there is decreased or absent blood supply to the heart, which can cause part of the heart muscle to die while a cardiopulmonary arrest is when the heart stops beating all together.
I then asked them if they knew what an “MI” was. Most people gave the “huh” face when i asked this. After i told them MI stood for myocardial infarction some of my coworkers said “oh ya ive heard of that i just didnt recognize the acronym”. However, even though some of my coworkers have heard of a myocardial infarct, most did not know exactly what it is. I then explained a MI or myocardial infarction is a fancy term for heart attack.
My last questions regarding what my coworkers thought happened during CPR was answered the most correctly. Everyone know you did chest compressions and some knew about defibrillation with an AED. I feel like i was able to educate my coworkers on a very relevant subject that they will most likely come across again in their lifetime.