John Wenzlau and Millie Oakeson

Is there a way to offer someone a better chance at survival, even if you’re not a paramedic? Radio hosts John Wenzlau and Millie Oakeson of “Successful Aging” on Independent Talk 1100 KFNX, posed this question to their radio guest, Steve Wagner, from RightCare Foundation. Each week, they provide their listeners with information on how to live life to the fullest and age well by talking with expert guests.

Wagner started the conversation by emphasizing we should all be prepared to help someone in an emergency situation, before the paramedics or first responders arrive.  

“You have exactly zero minutes to make decisions when it comes to brain resuscitation,” Wagner said.  

By this, he means the brain begins to die immediately so it is very important to keep the pulse up and oxygen flowing by applying constant compression to the chest, allowing oxygen to flow in and out of the lungs. The CPR process of compression, then breaths, has changed to constant compression. The Good Samaritan law protects and encourages people to administer CPR immediately when they see someone in distress.   

The RightCare Foundation partnered with Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix in 2010 and has trained their employees to be first responders. President and CEO of Beatitudes Michelle Just also joined Wagner on the show to talk about the great results they’ve seen on their campus after working with the RightCare Foundation.  All their 400-plus employees received training to be first responders before paramedics arrive.  

Just has received feedback from the residents on her campus, as well as their family members, saying they feel safer knowing the staff is trained to help in emergency situations and can be on the scene quickly. Employees are empowered to take care of some situations that don’t require a paramedic visit, or a trip to the hospital. This is so important, because anytime you have to go to a hospital, it increases your risk of catching viruses that are going around and it’s more expensive.

The RightCare Foundation is hoping to get the word out that it’s important that everyone receives this training and every care facility serving seniors receive the training as well. The Beatitudes Campus will be holding a free wine and cheese reception 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 8 and encourage anyone who is interested in finding out more about the RightCare Foundation and the trainings they provide to come join the fun. To find out more information, go online to www.rightcare@rightcare.org, or call them at 602-614-0069. To find out more information on Beatitudes Campus, call 602-995-2611.

Everyone would be best served by learning what can be done in an emergency situation, before it happens, so we can work with first responders to improve the quality of care when they arrive on the scene.

For more information on these topics, or to ask a question, visit www.successfulaging.info. Tune in 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Tuesday to Independent Talk KFNX 1100 as we continue to explore “Successful Aging.”