According to the American Heart Association, over 380,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) outside of the hospital each year.
Bystanders and family are not helpless to assist. In many cases they can provide vital support that will dramatically increase the victim's chances for survival.
Hands-only CPR is the chest compression part of traditional CPR. If you will do chest compressions until we get there, you will help give the victim their best chance at a good outcome.
Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is also an important next step in cardiac arrest survival. Many AEDs are now available in public places. It doesn't require certification to use. Just pull it off the wall and follow the simple 1-2-3 steps.
Chest compressions help circulate blood when the heart has stopped. AEDs help restore a normal heartbeat in certain situations.
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The American Heart Association has partnered with Laerdal Medical Corporation to create a self-directed learning program on CPR and AED, called CPR Anytime®
In addition, Hands-Only CPRTM
is a lifesaving option to be used by people not trained in conventional CPR or those who are unsure of their ability to give the combination of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing it requires. By using Hands-Only CPRTM
, bystanders can still act to improve the odds of survival, trained in conventional CPR or not.