You don’t have to be a doctor to save a life these days.
This June, in honor of National CPR Week June 1-7, the American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at www.heart.org/cpr. Once you’ve watched the video, give five people you care about the power to save lives by sharing the video with them. You can also visit this site to find a CPR course being offered in your area.
Nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur each year - 80 percent of them occur at home. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after cardiac arrest can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survivor; but less than 1/3 of victims get CPR from a bystander. Sadly, less than 8% of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.
The message is simple: 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 on the center of the chest. Research has shown that proper chest compressions can be the most important action for keeping someone alive.
Don’t be a bystander – save a life with CPR!