Basics of CPR

16 Aug 2017

Every year more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur in the USA.  When a person collapses from a cardiac arrest, the longer the body is without circulation, the lower the chance of survival.  By performing CPR, blood is kept circulating in a persons body until an ambulance arrives.  The chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest increases significantly, by more than double, when CPR is started early.

Why learn CPR

1: You might save someone’s life.
2: You may save the life of someone close to you.

80% of cardiac arrests happen at home


The #1 reason people give for not performing CPR is because they think they may be doing it wrong.  As a result, CPR is often delayed.  The longer CPR is delayed, the more likely a person will die.

Hands only CPR is a technique where only chest compressions are delivered instead of chest compressions and rescue breaths.  Several studies have shown that hands-only- CPR is just as effective as conventional CPR.


1: Any CPR is better than NO CPR at all

2: Hands-only CPR is easy to learn

Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps

If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse

(1) Call 9-1-1; and

(2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive.”

This is not a substitute for actual CPR training.  Find a CPR class and get proper training.  By the end of the class, you will know exactly how to react when someone collapses and has a cardiac arrest.

You can sign up for free CPR classes here

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