Each year approximately 300,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital. Many of these people do not survive as it can take too long for EMS to get to them. Within just 10 minutes a person will die if they do not receive help quickly enough. People who receive CPR from a bystander in these critical few minutes are three times more likely to survive.
The American Heart Association says that, on average, any attempt to provide CPR to a victim is better than no attempt to provide help.
They suggest learning the new Hands-Only CPR as a call to action for bystander response. Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park). It consists of two easy steps:
1. Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that). 2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
Courtesy of: Infographix Directory