Thursday, August 29, 2013

CPR Saves Lives...Are You Ready?


Did you know?
  • An estimated 92% of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital
  • Immediate CPR can double or triple a victim's chance of survival
  • Early intervention is critically important, bystanders must start CPR within 4-6 minutes before the window of opportunity closes
  • Less than one-third of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from someone nearby

Hear Attack Warning Signs:
  • Chest pain- uncomfortable pressure in the center of the chest that lasts longer than a few minutes. It can feel like a squeezing or fullness, and can go away and then return
  • Pain can also radiate to one or both arms, the jaw, stomach, or back
  • Short of Breath
  • Nausea, cold sweat, lightheadedness
  • WHAT TO DO?  Call 911
  • What is the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest?
Stroke Warning Signs:
  • Face drooping or numbness- ask the person to smile
  • Weakness/numbness in one arm- ask person to raise both arms, does one drift downward?
  • Slurred or difficult speech - trouble repeating phrases
  • WHAT TO DO?  Call 911
Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs:
  • Sudden loss of consciousness
  • Absent breathing- no breath after you tilt the head up and wait 5 seconds
                      
  • WHAT TO DO?  Call 911 AND start CPR
    • Continue CPR until medical personnel arrive
    • If 2 people present, someone should get nearby Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • How do you do CPR?
CPR CAB 
           
  • Don't Be Afraid
  • If you see someone collapse/unresponsive adult who is not breathing:
    • Call 911
    • Push HARD and FAST on the center of the chest
      • How Deep? At least 2 inches (5 cm)
      • How fast? 100 chest compressions per minute
For more information visit The American Heart Association 
What is the History of CPR?


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