The 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care are available now!
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Among the key findings:
- Tailored training is recommended for racial and ethnic populations and neighborhoods, to increase bystander CPR. Lower socioeconomic areas, and predominantly Black and Hispanic communities, have lower rates of bystander CPR.
- CPR training needs to focus on overcoming gender-related barriers, to improve bystander CPR rates for women.
Fewer than 40% of adults in cardiac arrest receive bystander-initiated CPR before emergency help arrives. The AHA hopes new guidelines, updated courses and community awareness can help improve that number and save more lives. For the first time ever, the latest resuscitation science will be reflected in new high-quality CPR programs that release simultaneously in the form of a new digital resuscitation portfolio — a milestone achievement and breakthrough for the AHA.
It is crucial to start chest compressions as soon as possible to save a life. Bystanders should call 911, then start Hands-Only CPR, pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest at 100 to 120 compressions per minute. Bystanders trained in CPR can add breaths, at a ratio of 30 compressions-to-2 breaths. Breaths are also important for children and infants.
Everyone can save a life.
Just follow these simple steps:
- Call 911.
- Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
- Keep administering until emergency help arrives.
Do not wait. The risk of harm from CPR is low for a person in cardiac arrest.