June 1-7th has arrived, meaning it’s officially National CPR and AED Awareness Week. The American Heart Association and other organizations have federally designated this week to spotlight how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). During National CPR and AED Awareness Week, CPR/AED classes and demonstrations are conducted as educational information is distributed on the importance of being trained in CPR and AED use.
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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. Every year, more than 420,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting, and barely 10 percent survive, making sudden cardiac arrest a leading cause of death in the United States. Early 9-1-1 calls, Early CPR and Early Defibrillation in the first five minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
80% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings where only 41% of victims get the immediate help they need before professional help arrives. How can you help the survival rate increase? Hands-Only CPR.
Hands-Only CPR only has two simple steps: Call 9-1-1 and push hard/fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” Check out the video below of a Hands-Only CPR demonstration and be sure to share the information with your loved ones
The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR campaign is supported by an educational grant from the WellPoint Foundation. You can find a CPR class near you by visiting www.heart.org
Source: The American Heart Association