CPR Week starts Wednesday

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 7:49am



Help save a life with CPR. Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may be helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they do not know CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. And this alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is most likely to be someone you love.


Don’t be a bystander in a cardiac emergency. Learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR in 60 seconds. Watch a 1-minute video at heart.org/CPR to learn how to save a life – then give five people you care about the power to save lives, too, by sharing the video with them.



· Don’t be a bystander. Not enough people act when they see someone suddenly collapse and this leads to unnecessary deaths.

o Only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.

o Sadly, 92 percent of cardiac arrest victims don’t survive to make it home from the hospital.

· Don’t be afraid; your actions can only help. If you see an unresponsive adult who is not breathing or not breathing normally, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest.



· The life you save with CPR will most likely be a loved one.

o Nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually.

o Furthermore, four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home.

o Statistically speaking, if you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save of the life of someone in your home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.



· Learn Hands-Only CPR in 60 seconds and you may save a life.

· Simply view the Official Hands-Only CPR instructional video available at heart.org/CPR

o Studies show that people who view a short Hands-Only CPR instructional video are significantly more likely to attempt lifesaving resuscitation.

· PLEASE NOTE: Hands-Only CPR is intended for adults only. Infants, children under eight years old and victims of drowning or respiratory issues need conventional CPR with chest compressions and breaths.



· Tell 5 people you love. Post the video to your Facebook, Twitter or MySpace page or email the link to your friends to encourage five people you love to learn Hands-Only CPR.

· Be prepared. Go to heart.org/CPR for more information about the American Heart Association’s CPR and First Aid training courses.

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