EJGH and the American Heart Association conducted free lunchtime CPR trainings in the Atrium this week, and we thank everyone in the community who came out to learn this life saving care. Trainers taught people how use Hands-Only CPR, in approximately 60 seconds, in honor of National CPR Week (June 3 – 9).
The American Heart Association calls on the community to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR because effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. With approximately 300,000 out-of-hospital, sudden cardiac arrests occurring each year and 80 percent occurring at home, the life you save is most likely to be someone you love.
The American Heart Association has endorsed Hands-Only CPR as an effective treatment for adult cardiac arrest victims since 2008. Hands-Only CPR involves two simple steps:
- Call 9-1-1
- Push hard and fast on the center of the chest until professional help arrives.
In addition, people who watch a brief Hands-Only CPR training video are significantly more likely to attempt CPR, according to a recent study published in the association’s scientific journal Circulation. For more information about CPR Week or to watch the Hands-Only CPR video, visit www.HandsOnlyCPR.org.
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