The State of Colorado
Over all health rank: 11th
Overview: The state of Colorado has the highest mean elevation of any other state and many of the tallest peaks of the Rocky Mountains are found within the "Centennial State". 5,187,582 people live in Colorado and enjoy a life expectancy of 79.9 years. Coloradans may live long but the state population has the 5th fewest percentage of individuals 65 years and older. Also, employers insure more individuals health than the nationwide average.
Colorado has high rates of death due to drug overdose and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It also ranks 19th in the rate of infant deaths and 18th in the rate of death due to strokenationally.
Some positive statistics from Colorado are that the obesity rate is the second lowest in the country and the adult smoking rate is below average.
Surveys conducted on the adults in Colorado report that 21.1% had high blood pressure, 33.5% had high blood cholesterol and 5.3% had diabetes. Part of the same survey that dealt with diet and exercise habits show that 45.3% of adults participated in no exercise in the prior 30 days and 74.2% ate fruit and vegetables less than 5 times a day. Despite ranking favorably with many health statistics, there is a need for more individuals certified and trained in CPR and AED use to lower the 4,615 deaths in a year due to sudden cardiac arrest in Colorado.
Colorado state laws and statutes regarding AED
A person that acquires an AED must ensure that any person, prior to using that AED, has successfully completed and holds a current certification from a recognized training program in CPR and use of an AED. Any person in good faith gives emergency care by the use of a AED and, who has complied with the requirements of this act, will be immune from civil liability for any personal injury as a result of such care, or as a result of any acts or omissions by the person in giving the emergency care. This will not immunize a person for any act of gross negligenceor intentional or unprovoked misconduct.
BLS, CPR and AED related news stories
November 11, 2012 - "Denver Woman Recalls Using CPR To Save Life Of Her Lightning Struck Husband"
A family walking back to their car after church services heard a loud crack. When the wife turned to ask her husband what had happened, she found her husband on the ground. The wife realized that her husband was not breathing and initiated CPR. For four minutes, the wife performed CPR until first responders arrived and successfully resuscitated the husband. The wife learned CPR after her mother insisted that everyone in her family learn the life-saving procedure.
April 19, 2013 - "Firefighter Grateful For Second Chance At Life"
A firefighter had just finished a grueling physical fitness test with an excellent time. Shortly after,hedevelopedwhathethoughtwasindigestionturnedouttobemoreserious. Hecollapsed while another firefighter was checking him out after noticing his color was not quite right. The firefighter who had performed hundreds of life-saving procedures on others was on the receiving end this time. A team of individuals performed CPR and utilized the AED several time to save the firefighters life.