When an adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, his or her survival depends greatly on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Unfortunately, less than 1/3 of those people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location get that help. Most bystanders are worried that they might do something wrong or make things worse. That's why the AHA has simplified things.
Two Steps to Save a Life
When an adult suddenly collapses, trained or untrained bystanders - that means a person near the victim - should:
Studies of real emergencies that have occurred in homes, at work or in public locations, shows that these two steps, called Hands-Only CPR, can be as effective as conventional CPR in an emergency. Plus, providing Hands-Only CPR to an adult who has collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest can more than double that person's chance at survival.
Each year an estimated 166,000 lives are claimed by Sudden Cardiac Arrest, an electronic malfunction that causes rapid and chaotic heart activity.
Information provided by the American Heart Association
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