It’s finally summertime! This is the season for activities in the backyard and cookouts with neighbors. However, would you know what to do if a family member or friend experienced sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)? Eighty percent of SCAs happen outside of the hospital- and unfortunately, the majority of Americans do not know how to help or are uncomfortable doing so. The American Heart Association is trying to change that this summer!
During National CPR Week (June 1st -7th) and throughout the entire month of June, we’re shining a spotlight on the importance of learning Hands-Only CPR. In just two simple steps- calling 9-1-1 and pushing hard and fast in the center of the victim’s chest- you could help save a life. Watch our new PSA and don’t forget to share the link with family and friends (www.heart.org/handsonlyCPR).
Additionally, You’re the Cure advocates like you have been working hard in states across the country to advocate for Hands-Only CPR to be taught to all students before they graduate. In the time it takes to watch a TV sitcom, students can learn the life-saving skill. 10 states now have CPR in Schools laws, adding over 500,000 life-savers to our communities each year. But we still have 40 states to go! Pledge your support for teaching all students to be ‘CPR Smart’ at www.BeCPRSmart.org.
Thanks for your help to make CPR awareness a priority this summer!
PS- Are you trained in CPR? Post our “CPR Ready” image as your profile pic on Facebook and Twitter this month to let others know you’re ready to save a life.
It is highly urgent that everyone knows the skills of CPR. Time is precious in any cardiac event, and people need to know the effective steps to saving a life. CPR instructors are trained to educate the community to administer this life saving skill. I agree that teens need to know this as well before they graduate. It should be incorporated in their health education course in high school across the world.