This week is National CPR Awareness Week and we are helping spread awareness of the importance of knowing what to do in a situation where CPR is needed.
WHAT IS CARDIAC ARREST?
- Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs.
- Each year, over 326,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.
- When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby.
WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO?
- 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes and residential settings.
- According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
- 70 percent of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim.
BE THE DIFFERENCE FOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE. LEARN HOW TO SAVE A LIFE.
- Hands-Only CPR has two easy steps: if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, first, call 9-1-1; and second, push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive.”
- People feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song.
- During CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute.
Watch our fun and short video for a demonstration on how to perform Hands-Only CPR to “Stayin’ Alive,” put on by HealthQuest and Johnston Health employees.
Information Source: American Heart Association