June is a great time to raise awareness for the importance of CPR training with National CPR Awareness week June 1-8. And in North Dakota, the number of people who know how to do Hands Only CPR is growing! Because of funding made available by the legislature, students across North Dakota will have the opportunity to learn Hands Only CPR before they graduate from high school. That means that 7,000 more life savers will be added to our communities each and every year.
More than 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur every year in the United States. The more people trained in Hands Only CPR, the more lives we can save. 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.
Hands Only CPR is easy to learn; anyone 12 years and older has the physical strength to perform 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.