June is a great time to raise awareness for the importance of CPR training with National CPR Awareness week June 1-8. More than 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occurring every year in the United States. Sadly, most people who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest do not receive life-saving CPR within the first 3-5 minutes of their attack. Hands Only CPR - compressions, hard and fast in the center of the chest - keeps the blood and oxygen flowing to the brain and other vital organs until help arrives, either an AED or emergency medical professionals. The more people trained in Hands Only CPR, the more lives we can save.
A Council Bluffs family knows how important it is to know CPR. David Hyde, a captain and paramedic with the Council Bluffs Fire Department, knew what to do when his daughter suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing. His wife Pam, a nurse, called 9-1-1 as David did chest compressions. Jordyn started breathing again, after being out for more than a minute. For more on this story, CLICK HERE.
Doctors told the Hydes that about one in every 100,000 young adults will have cardiac arrhythmia, regardless of their level of health. This family knew what to do to save a life.
Hands Only CPR is easy to learn; anyone 12 years and older has the physical strength to perform Hands Only CPR. You don’t have to be a trained medical professional to do Hands Only CPR. Watch this 90-second video to learn how to perform Hands Only CPR. Remember that when someone collapses, your first response should be to call 9-1-1. Then check for breathing and ask someone to go and get an AED. Then, press hard and fast in the center of the chest to beat of the song "Stayin' Alive." Keep doing compressions until help arrives.
The chances of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest are greatly improved when Hands Only CPR is performed within the first three to five minutes. If someone you loved suffered sudden cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? Take a few minutes today to learn Hands Only CPR.