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Protecting Children and Youth from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Hands Only CPR - "AHA 2014 Hands-Only CPR Fact Sheet"

WHY LEARN HANDS-ONLY CPR?


  • When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby.
  • According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
  • Most Americans (70 percent) feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim.

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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

Compressions, Airway, Breathing, The New CPR Guidelines

Guidelines issued in mid-October 2010 switched up the steps for CPR, telling rescuers to start with hard, fast chest presses before giving mouth-to-mouth.  Guidelines issued in 2015 re-emphasize the compression rate and compression depth.

 
The change puts "the simplest step first" for traditional CPR, said Dr. Michael Sayre, co-author of the guidelines issued by the American Heart Association.

A training aide used under previous guidelines was "ABC," or "airway, breathing, chest compression": check the airway for lodged objects, perform mouth-to-mouth, then start on chest compressions. The new 2010 guidelines are "CAB," or "chest compressions, airway, breathing." The AHA notes that the mouth-to-mouth can be skipped by those leery of "breathing for a stranger" or without formal training.
To view a video of the new CPR, click on the title above.