2014 Hands-Only CPR Fact Sheet
WHY LEARN HANDS-ONLY CPR?
Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs - is a leading cause of death. Each year, over 420,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.
BE THE DIFFERENCE FOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE
If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
MUSIC CAN SAVE LIVES
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.”
The AHA has collaborated with DJ Earworm to create a “Hands-Only CPR Mash-Up” of other popular songs that have the right rhythm to guide compressions for Hands-Only CPR, and coincidentally, have a life-saving message.
TAKE 60 SECONDS TO LEARN HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
Watch the 60-second demo video. Visit heart.org/handsonlycpr to watch the Hands-Only CPR instructional video and share it with the important people in your life. You can also find a CPR class near you.
The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR campaign is supported by an educational grant from the WellPoint Foundation.
NOTE: The AHA still recommends CPR with compressions and breaths for infants and children and victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.
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