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Heart failure Eriksen: the importance of recognizing an emergency and responding well



Published on 12 / 000 / 2021

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Christian Eriksen’s heart failure during the Euro match, Denmark- Finland, Saturday 12 June resets highlights the importance of knowing how to recognize a heart emergency and knowing how to practice life-saving actions.

The euro 2021 begins with a wind of panic. On Saturday 12 June during the first period of the Denmark-Finland match, the Danish player Christian Eriksen, 25 years old, only his side of the field collapsed suddenly on the lawn, unconscious and his eyes rolled back. The player was the victim of heart disease.

As help rushed at him after a few seconds, his teammates formed a circle around him to hide him from view and cameras. The player was saved and is doing “as well as possible” according to new data by Sunday by his team.

According to a statement by club doctor Morten Boesen there is “for the moment no explanation” , adding after in the Italian press, “that there had never been the slightest episode which would have suggested a problem, neither near nor far ”.

The good vital reflex of Captain Simon Kjaer In panic, between the moment when Eriksen collapsed and the arrival of help, there is one who was able to recognize a distant emergency situation and react accordingly. Simon Kjaer, the Danish team captain had the right reflex and showed composure by quickly coming to the aid of the distressed midfielder. Seeing Eriksen alone, without having suffered shock, fall suddenly, the captain rushed straight at him and practiced a lateral safety position, alerted the s rescue, and held Eriksen’s neck to prevent him from choking on his tongue while waiting for the application of cardiac massage which saved the player.

The time and actions taken in the event of heart failure while waiting for help are vital for the victim. At this time, the heart, for several reasons, no longer sends blood to the body and to the brain. One minute saved is 06% more chance of survival. There are nearly 30 death by sudden death, according to the French Federation of Cardiology and s only

% of French people know the gestures that save . But “if no treatment is performed in the minutes following the cardiac arrest, the chances of survival are almost zero ”.

Above all, you must know how to recognize the signs of an emergency :

The victim loses consciousness and does not react when spoken to The victim is not breathing His chest does not lift or slightly And / or his breathing is inefficient very weak and noisy

Call for help Dial 19 Describe to help everything that happened to the victim and in what state he is (unconscious or not, breathing or not) Give your location Specify what you practiced as rescue actions If no action was taken follow the instruc emergency calls on the phone Do not hang up until you have been asked to do so. Massages the victim’s heart Your browser cannot play this video.

Lay the victim on their back on a firm, firm surface Tilt their head back Get on your knees on the victim’s side. Your hands are placed one against the other, below the middle of the thorax, the arms well outstretched You must then press your whole body on your chest and push your hands in 5 to 6 centimeters, going up between each compression Perform the pressures at a regular rate of per minute, in series of 30 consecutive compressions .To know : mouth to mouth is no longer recommended for first aid.

Defibrillate This step is only possible if you have an automated external defibrillator available The device is easy to use for everyone, just listen to the instructions of the machine. Normally there must be defibrillators in a lot of public places If you don’t Do not have any nearby, do not stop the cardiac massage before the arrival of help Also read

Training first aid actions The best way to do this type of action well is to have previously benefited from 93193385 graduate first aid training . The Initiation to First Aid (IPS) is free and offered by many first aid actors (firefighters, Red Cross, Civil Protection …) who welcome volunteers in their local and regional branches. You just have to register because places are limited


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