Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in America. Each year over 350,000 people die from SCA. Many could be saved. How you might ask? By quick intervention by the general public.
For the past 50 years only about 8% of SCA victims survived. That is changing. In areas of this country that have implemented a hands-only CPR program, the survival rate has climbed as high as 46% in cases of witnessed sudden cardiac arrest. This program will show you how to act in the event someone collapses in front of you.
Over the past few years, the American Heart Association, the Heart Rescue Institute, and the Medtronic Foundation have been conducting research and developing a nationwide program for hands-only CPR. The goal was to keep it simple but make it effective. They have delivered.
This program takes less than 10 minutes of time to deliver. Our instructors are passionate about this program and volunteer their time to conduct the demonstrations. They are willing to spend more time with you to dive deeper if desired.
No venue is too small or too large. We have made the presentation to one person at a time or to several hundred at a time. If you provide the venue, we will provide the demonstration. Perfect for civic groups, employers, churches, ball games, musicals, plays, parades, open houses…
In case you are curious and can’t make it to a presentation right now, here is how you do it:
- If you see someone collapse, make sure it is safe to approach them, and then gently shake them and call out to them.
- If they don’t respond, check to see if they are breathing. If they are not, or it is very irregular (almost like snoring), they need help right away.
- Have someone call 911 for you. Ask someone to get an AED* if one is available. If you are alone, put your phone on speaker if you can and make the call.
- Start CPR immediately. Kneel close to the victim. Place your dominant hand on their chest with the heal of your palm in the center on the sternum (the bone in the middle).
- Place your other hand on top of the hand you have on the chest, lock your elbows, and begin to push down hard and fast. You want to push down about 2 inches and at a rate of 100 beats per minute.
- No need to give mouth-to-mouth. Just keep pushing on their chest until someone can relieve you, until you can’t go on, or until they are revived.
Lend a hand, save a life!
*AED = Automatic External Defibrillator. An electronic device that can read a heart rhythm and potentially deliver a shock to restore normal heart rhythm. They are very often found in malls, airports, churches, schools, sports venues, and other public locations.