Do you know the two simple steps of Hands-OnlyTM CPR? If so, then you are ready to save a life.
It is simple: If you see a teen or adult collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the Bee Gees’ disco classic “Stayin’ Alive.” This can more than double a person’s chance of survival. Click here to watch the 60 second training video for Hands-OnlyTM CPR.
So, now you are trained…but why is this so important?
- Over 90% of cardiac arrest victims do not survive.
- There are approximately 360,000 cardiac deaths outside of the hospital each year in the United States—with about three quarters of them occurring in the home.
- Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. Many victims appear healthy, with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
- Cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. Cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause a cardiac arrest.
- Only 40% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive bystander CPR. Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
Feel good about yourself yet? You should--by giving up one minute of your day you will now be trained to help save the life of one of the thousands of people who will be a victim of cardiac arrest this year.
Whether the person you save is a stranger or a loved one, you can make a difference that means the world to them.