Hands Only CPR – Learn how to help save someone’s life.

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Celebrate National CPR Week by learning Hands-Only CPR

Got a minute? Then you can learn how to help save someone’s life.
During National CPR Week, June 1-7, part of National CPR/AED Awareness Month (June), the American Heart Association is urging people to take a few minutes to watch a Hands-Only CPR video at heart.org/HandsOnlyCPR <http://www.heart.org/HandsOnlyCPR>  so they are equipped to act in a cardiac emergency. Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, (1) Call 911; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive.”
Studies show that just watching a short instructional CPR video greatly increases the chances that bystanders will attempt CPR. Unfortunately, only about 46 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.
When people lack confidence and knowledge of CPR, the odds of survival get worse for victims of cardiac arrest. Ninety-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.

The American Heart Association has endorsed Hands-Only CPR as a treatment for adult cardiac arrest victims since 2008, and studies have shown it is as effective as CPR with breaths. Hands-Only CPR is recommended primarily for adults who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Seventy-percent of those cases happen in a residential setting.

Infants and children still need full CPR with chest compressions and breaths since the cause of their cardiac arrest is typically respiratory-related. Hands-Only CPR is not recommended for victims of drowning or drug overdose or people who collapse due to breathing problems.

Additional information on CPR can be found at heart.org/HandsOnlyCPR/ <http://www.heart.org/HandsOnlyCPR> .

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