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Sixty Seconds to Save a Life: Hands Only CPR

by Kacie K. on Thursday, June 6, 2013

Do you know the two simple steps of Hands-OnlyTM CPR?  If so, then you are ready to save a life.

It is simple: If you see a teen or adult collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the Bee Gees’ disco classic “Stayin’ Alive.”  This can more than double a person’s chance of survival.  Click here to watch the 60 second training video for Hands-OnlyTM CPR.

So, now you are trained…but why is this so important?

  • Over 90% of cardiac arrest victims do not survive.
  • There are approximately 360,000 cardiac deaths outside of the hospital each year in the United States—with about three quarters of them occurring in the home.
  • Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. Many victims appear healthy, with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
  • Cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack.  Cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.  A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked.  A heart attack may cause a cardiac arrest.
  • Only 40% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive bystander CPR.  Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

Feel good about yourself yet?  You should--by giving up one minute of your day you will now be trained to help save the life of one of the thousands of people who will be a victim of cardiac arrest this year. 

Whether the person you save is a stranger or a loved one, you can make a difference that means the world to them.

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Comments (6)

  • I agree,this works. I was CPR a  few weeks ago. Thank you AHA for the new guide lines on CPR.

    — Nathan T.

  • I agree,this works. I was CPR a  few weeks ago. Thank you AHA for the new guide lines on CPR.

    — Nathan T.

  • New goal: Share these simple steps with some one weekly. Spreading this knowledge will save lives. Thanks!

    — Yolanda D.

  • It only takes a few minutes to learn, no reason you can''t know how to learn to save a life!

    — Jennifer W.

  • Yay for CPR and Stayin'' Alive!!!!

    — Keltcie D.

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