If you are on the hunt for your next medical blog topic, take a look at the latest research on bystander CPR and sudden cardiac arrest. While it’s not a pleasant topic to dwell on for most, it is both timely and important. Let’s break down why this topic is a great one for you to share with your readers.
People don’t really understand what sudden cardiac arrest is. This is an opportunity to educate readers about the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest. It’s also a chance to help people understand the risk factors for sudden cardiac arrest.
It’s timely. Research published this summer in JAMA shows some stunning results about the impact that bystander CPR and AED can have on survival. With these results, we will probably see more localities spearheading programs like North Carolina’s to increase bystander CPR. Whether you are a part of getting those programs going or not, you can help familiarize your readers with the concept to help speed its acceptance in your area.
CPR has changed. Many people think about CPR as “mouth-to-mouth resuscitation” and decide to opt-out of learning it. With Hands-Only CPR promoted by the American Heart Association, it’s reasonable to hope more people will learn to perform CPR. This has the real potential to save lives. In addition, people need to know that it’s important to start chest compressions, even without CPR certification.
Gather Your Resources
Here is a quick list of resources you can use to write your blog article on bystander CPR:
What’s Your Angle?
Consider how you will approach this article. Perhaps you know an individual who experienced Sudden Cardiac Arrest and was revived by CPR, or maybe you know someone who performed CPR in an out-of-hospital emergency. These types of stories grab your readers’ interest and motivate them to take action much more than dry facts can.
As football season resumes, you might focus on sudden death in athletes, particularly if you see children and young people in your practice. This is a compelling reason for many people to learn CPR.
If you want to take this one step further, this topic is a great opportunity for your practice to engage in community outreach. You can use this as a jumping off point to start an initiative in your community to increase bystander CPR or to make AEDs more widely available. Or you can use the important new information on effectiveness to encourage participation in CPR classes, and possibly host them at your practice.
Remember that blog articles can stand alone as informational pieces, but you can also use them to spur your readers to take action. This topic is perfect for that purpose and can make a significant impact in your community.
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