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 America Heart Association 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. Take a minute and look around this site and invite your friends! 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.
Check out this video to see "Hands-Only CPR" in action.
Note: This CPR method should not be used on young children, please read all the facts and information on their web site. Be sure to read the "FAQs" on their web page.
Source: American Heart Association radio commercial/web site
By mkymlp from NE PA/USA
Editor's Note: The American Heart Association recommends training for this method, if you haven't had a CPR class in the last 5 years. Check with the AHA, a community college or your local health department for classes near you.
I stand as a living witness that blood flow is more important than anything. I was left nearly 100% blind by lack of blood flow to the brain after a car wreck seven years ago. Internal bleeding did it, not cardiac arrest, but I think the concept is the same.
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