Could you save a life?
It’s possible if you recognize the signs of cardiac arrest.
Signs of Cardiac Arrest:
- Someone suddenly collapses and loses consciousness.
- The person does not respond when tapped on the shoulder and asked if he or she is OK.
- There is no heartbeat, pulse or normal breathing.
- You tilt the person’s head up, and he or she does not take a normal breath after at least 5 seconds have passed.
- The American Heart Association reports that about 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
- 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes.
- Unfortunately, only about 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.
If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival.