June 1 - 7 was National CPR Week. It’s a great time to learn the two steps to staying alive with Hands-Only CPR. Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should!
Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love. Only 32% of out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from bystanders witnessing the cardiac event. A victim’s chance of survival decreases 7-10 percent each minute a bystander does not take action and perform CPR or use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
This awareness week is a great reminder to learn or refresh your CPR skills. It is also a great opportunity to share this life-saving information with your lawmakers.