A few years ago, the American Heart Association noticed that bystanders seemed to be reluctant to provide CPR in emergencies. They understood that most bystanders were worried that they might do something wrong or make things worse, and others might have been afraid of providing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a stranger. So the AHA has simplified things into 2 steps, recommending that untrained people should do Hands-Only CPR.
The two steps are:
1. Call 911
2. Press hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives.
After a sudden cardiac arrest, survival depends on getting CPR immediately. Unfortunately, less than 1/3 of those people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location get the help they need from someone nearby.
The American Heart Association is trying to increase the number of people who know about Hands-Only CPR, and in so doing, increase the chance that someone can help when an adult suddenly collapses, and more lives can be saved. They’ve come up with some inventive ways to help anyone spread the word via e-mail or social networking.
Go to Hands only website and click on “Hands Symphony” to share one example of the amazing things that hands can do, or see another in a YouTube video called Hand Walker. They’re fun ways to share the idea with your friends and family. Or you can click on Latest News and Media Center, and scroll to the bottom where it says “YouTube” and click the link for the “Nothing Tricky” video. That might be the way to go if you’ve got teenage boys.
If you really want to spread the word, the AHA has provided a cardiac care toolkit. The more people know about this new, easier, virtually risk-free way to save lives with CPR, the better the chance YOUR life will be saved when you need it!
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