A Lifesaving Action
When an adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, his or her survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Unfortunately, less than 1/3 of those people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location get that help. Most bystanders are worried that they might do something wrong or make things worse. This is why the AHA has simplified things.
Don't be afraid. Your actions can only help!
Its not normal to see an adult suddenly collapse, but if you do, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Don't be afraid. Your actions can only help. Increasing the number of people who know about Hands-Only TM CPR will increase the chance that someone can help when an adult suddenly collapses, and more lives can be saved.
Hands-Only TM CPR works.
Hands-Only TM CPR, performed by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR in emergencies that occur at home, work ,or in public. There are only two steps to remember:
* 1) Call 911 * 2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
You can be a lifesaver.
If you ARE CONFIDENT in your ability to provide CPR that includes breaths with high-quality chest compressions with minimal interruptions, then provide either the conventional CPR that you learned OR Hands-Only TM CPR. If you ARE NOT CONFIDENT in your ability to provide CPR that includes breaths with high-quality chest compressions with minimal interruptions, then provide Hands-Only TM CPR. In both cases, continue Hands-Only TM CPR until an AED arrives and is ready for use or EMS providers take over care of the victim.
Learning conventional CPR is still recommended. The American Heart Association recommends conventional CPR with breaths and compressions for infants and children; victims of drowning, drug overdose, or other respiratory problems; and adult victims who are found already unconscious and not breathing normally. A CPR course teaches you the skills needed to help other victims. You'll also practice performing the same two steps you need for Hands-Only TM CPR. Typically people who have had CPR training are more confident about their skills and more likely to assist someone in a real emergency.
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The American Heart Association works with some of the worlds leading resuscitation scientists and medical professionals. Their continuous review of published research studies on CPR resulted in the following AHA Science Advisory, published in an April 2008 edition of the medical journal Circulation: Hands-Only TM (Compression-Only) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Source: American Heart Association