In light of the fact that I just got re-certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) last weekend, I thought I’d share a few tips about why everyone should get trained to perform this life saving skill. Today’s facts and stats come directly from the American Heart Association’s website.
- EMS treats nearly 300,000 victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year in the U.S.
- About 5,800 children 18 years old and under suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year from all causes – including trauma, cardiovascular causes and sudden infant death syndrome.
- Less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.
- Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.
- Less than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR.
- Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
- The most effective rate for chest compressions is 100 compressions per minute – the same rhythm as the beat of the BeeGee’s song, “Stayin’ Alive.”
- Even if CPR is performed, defibrillation with an AED (Automated External Defibrillators) is required to stop an abnormal rhythm and restore a normal heart rhythm.
- New technology has made AEDs simple and user-friendly. Clear audio and visual cues tell users what to do when using an AED and coach people through CPR. A shock is delivered only if the victim needs it.
- AEDs are now widely available in public places such as schools, airports and workplaces.
- Studies have shown that children as young as 9 years old can learn and retain CPR skills.
To find a class that will teach CPR, First Aid, AED and Emergency Cardiovascular care, here is a link to AHA’s Class Connector.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy, and healthy new year.