Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Why the hesitation?
When rescuers start CPR immediately, survival rates triple. So why don’t people act? Many are afraid of doing something wrong. The fact is that a person in cardiac arrest will die without intervention, so anything a rescuer does can only help. And Good Samaritan laws assure that rescuers are not at risk if the outcome isn’t positive.

Making CPR less complicated.
Potential rescuers also hesitate because they don’t have recent CPR training. Take Heart America communities help as many people as possible learn CPR and feel comfortable applying it. Chest compression-only CPR is easier to teach and learn than CPR that includes mouth-to-mouth cycles. That’s why we encourage chest compression-only CPR when access to rapid emergency care is limited. If an AED is close by, start CPR, yell for an AED and have another person call 911.

“No, no, go”.
More lives are saved when a 911 dispatcher is involved, but rescuers should not wait until a dispatcher is on the line to before starting CPR. Dispatchers and public rescuers should ask “Is the person conscious?” and “Is the person breathing normally?” If the answers to both are no, then GO – and start chest compressions immediately.

High-Quality CPR:
• Start chest compressions immediately
• Think “Stayin’ Alive” song
• Push hard & fast (compress every 1.5-2 seconds at 100 compressions/minute)
• Look for full recoil of the chest
• Avoid interruptions
• Continue for at least 30 minutes