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Hands-Only CPR
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011

I received an email from the American Heart Association, and it mentioned the new hands-only version of CPR. I believe they developed this because most people were not willing to do mouth to mouth resuscitation on a stranger, or they didn’t have CPR training and were not comfortable attempting it. 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. Don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help.It’s not normal to see an adult suddenly collapse, but if you do, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help. Increasing the number of people who know about Hands-Only CPR will increase the chance that someone can help when an adult suddenly collapses, and more lives can be saved. * Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. * Everyone should know how to perform CPR in an emergency. * Immediate, effective CPR could more than double a victim’s chance of survival. * First, make sure someone has called 911 or do it yourself. Then push on the chest at a rate of at least 100 beats per minute. * Push to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive” and you could save a life.

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