Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death with nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cases occurring every year in the United States. Still worse, about 89 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate CPR.
Research shows that Hands-Only CPR (without mouth-to-mouth breaths) performed by a bystander is just as effective in the first few minutes of sudden cardiac arrest in an out-of-hospital setting. Here’s how to do it.
“Stayin’ Alive” in two easy steps
No matter where you are, if you witness a teen or an adult suddenly collapse, you need to act fast – a delay of just a few minutes could be the difference between life and death. So check out this video from The American Heart Association, and remember these two easy steps:
- Call 9-1-1, or have someone else call immediately
- Push down hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the Bee Gees’ disco hit “Stayin’ Alive”
Hopefully, you’ll never have to use Hands-Only CPR, but in the event of an emergency, your preparedness could save a life. Learn more about Hands-Only CPR and read these true survivor stories for inspiration.