If you see someone going into cardiac arrest the steps you take in the minutes that follow could save a life. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR, could make the difference. Even knowing some CPR basics can help in an emergency situation.
According to the American Heart Association more than 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside a hospital each year in the United States. Research shows only 1 in 5 Americans is trained in CPR, and 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die.
Everyone is encouraged to learn CPR, which can help double cardiac arrest survival rates by year 2020. CPR, if performed immediately and correctly, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. So, let’s learn some CPR basics that may help you help someone in an emergency.