American Heart Association recognizes Monmouth County individuals and organizations for their efforts to strengthen the Chain of Survival

Robbinsville, NJ – Forty-one individuals and organizations in New Jersey were recently honored at the American Heart Association 2016 New Jersey American Heartsaver Awards for their life-saving efforts. The American Heart Association’s American Heartsaver Awards is held annually to commend individuals, organizations and schools throughout the Garden State for taking extraordinary steps to strengthen the American Heart Association Chain of Survival or for rescue efforts that saved a life of someone experiencing a cardiac emergency.

 

The Chain of Survival is only as strong as its weakest link. The American Heart Association Chain of Survival is a critical five-step process that can mean the difference between life and death for someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack or stroke, as well as other medical emergencies such as choking and drowning. The five critical steps or “links” in the Chain of Survival include:

Link # 1: Early Access (know the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke and call 9-1-1 immediately)

Link # 2: Early Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Link # 3: Early Defibrillation

Link # 4: Early Advanced Care

Link # 5: Integrated Post-Cardiac Arrest Care

Nearly 350,000 people suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 10% survive. Given immediately, CPR doubles or triples survival rates and executing the Chain of Survival can save thousands of lives annually.

Monmouth County residents Giuseppina Diamente of Wall Township with the Neptune Township School District, Ashley Sogluizzo of Middletown, and Michael Conroy, Anne Marie Searing, and Alexandra Searing of Allentown recently received American Heart Association 2016 New Jersey American Heartsaver Awards for taking extraordinary steps to strengthen the chain of survival in their communities. The awards ceremony was held at the Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness in Mercerville, NJ. 

New Jersey passed legislation a few years ago requiring CPR training as a high school graduation requirement. Neptune Township School District was ahead of the curve, placing a strong emphasis on CPR with both staff and students.  The district has had AEDs placed in all 9 schools for several years. Giuseppina Diamente helped to train over 230 staff members since 2010, as well as over 60 students currently enrolled in certification training.

In May 2015, a 12-year-old child collapsed during a physical education class in Franklin Township. Teacher Ashley Sogluizzo activated the Chain of Survival by recognizing the emergency and calling for help.  Other staff members quickly arrived with an AED and began CPR. Together, they continued chest compressions until EMT’s responded and a pulse was regained.

On October 14, Kevin Searing suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Kevin’s wife, Ann Marie recognized that Kevin was in trouble and started CPR immediately while Alexandra jumped into action by calling 9-1-1 for help. While giving CPR, Ann Marie called her neighbor Michael Conroy, who she knew was an EMT in Allentown, NJ. Within moments, Mike ran to his neighbor’s house to help.  He quickly accessed the situation and then jumped right alongside Anne Marie and assisted administering CPR. Paramedics arrived where Kevin received two shocks from an AED which was able to stabilize his heartbeat. Doctors commented that without the quick actions of Anne Marie, Alexandra and Mike, Kevin would not have survived. 

The American Heartsaver Recognition Program is an initiative supporting the American Heart Association’s efforts to strengthen the Chain of Survival in our communities as an effort to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans while reducing death and disability from heart disease and stroke by 20% by the year 2020.

Anyone can learn CPR and everyone should.  Visit www.heart.org/handsonlyCPR for a short instructional video that could help save a life.