The State of Washington
Overall health rank: 13th
Overview: Lewis and Clark, who were commissioned by President Jefferson, crossed into the state of Washington in 1805. They thought that the worst part of their journey to the Pacific ocean was behind them. The rough terrain and a turbulent river proved very challenging to the explorers which many of the 841,435 people who reside in Washington's rural areas appreciate daily. By contrast, Seattle is one of the country's fasting growing cities and its metropolitan area is home to about 4 million people.
Rates of smoking and obesity in the "Evergreen State" are below the national average. However, Washington state ranks high in rates of death due to drowning, drug overdoses, diabetes, chronic obstructivepulmonarydisease(COPD)andstroke. Nearly 1 in 4 deaths are due to heart disease in the state of Washington each year.
Washingtonians reported that 25.4% of adults had high blood pressure, 36.7% of adults had high blood cholesterol and 7.1% of adults surveyed had diabetes. The reports of exercise and diet habits will negatively impact many of Washington's citizens as 46.3% reported no exercise in the prior 30 days and 74.0% ate fruit and vegetables less than 5 times a day. With 7,763 deaths in a year due to sudden cardiac arrest, the need for more first responders who are certified and trained in CPR and AED use must occur. Even though Washington state is the county's largest producer of apples, it takes more than just an apple a day to save lives.
Washington state laws and statutes regarding AED
Expected AED users must receive reasonable instruction in AED use and CPR by a course approved by the department of health. A person who uses a AED at the scene of an emergency is immune from civil liability for any personal injury that results from any act or omission in the use of the AED in an emergency setting. The immunity from civil liability does not apply if the acts or omissions amount to gross negligence or intentional or unprovoked misconduct but will apply to any individual using an AED in an emergency setting if that individual is acting as a Good Samaritan.
BLS, CPR and AED related news stories
May 5, 2013 - "Teen Uses CPR Skills To Save Women In Safeway"
Produce clerk notices regular customer acting differently then collapse. Luckily,theclerk,who learned first aid and CPR in the boy scouts, alerted others to call 9-1-1 and rushed over to the customer and initiated CPR. His efforts saved the customer's life and the East Pierce Fire and Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners presented the clerk with a Good Samaritan award.
April 14, 2013 - "Richland Boy, 11, Saved Mom's Life With CPR"
A boy returns home from school to find his mother unconscious. He immediately calls 9-1-1and the dispatcher instructs the boy on CPR and he follows the steps. The boy continued his efforts with the assistance of the local police and paramedics to save the mother's life.