Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating or beats too ineffectively to circulate blood to the brain and other vital organs.
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States – killing more than 350,000 Americans each year. Nationally, only 8 percent of those who suffer sudden cardiac arrest survive – a rate that hasn’t changed significantly in 30 years. Survival depends on immediately receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from someone nearby. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
Did you know there are two types of CPR?
Hands-Only CPR and Full CPR
Both are easy to learn and enable individuals to provide life-saving support during emergencies.
Hands-Only CPR is cardiopulmonary resuscitation using chest compressions without providing rescue breaths. Recent research has shown that Hands-Only CPR can be effective in caring for a person with no signs of life when a rescuer is unable, untrained, or unwilling to perform Full CPR. It requires basic training and practice, but no formal certification. Hands-Only CPR is a natural introduction to Full CPR, and the American Red Cross encourages everyone to learn Full CPR as a next step.
Full CPR is cardiopulmonary resuscitation using a combination of chest compressions and rescue breaths. Learning Full CPR is important as it will enable learners to help in other emergencies, like drowning or choking. Full CPR provides the best care for all ages, especially those who are more likely to experience respiratory emergencies rather than cardiac emergencies, such as children and infants.
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