Many people in the United States have heard the term “CPR” used before, but for those who aren’t required to have it, they may not know exactly what CPR is. CPR, or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, is a procedure performed in an emergency when the heart suddenly stops beating. 

In the United States, 475,000 people die from cardiac arrest each year. If we work together, we can bring that number down to zero. But, we need your help. 

High quality CPR is important to keep  blood flow circulating. This extends the rate of a successful resuscitation before trained medical professionals arrive on site. Early CPR is one of the steps in the AHA’s Chain of Survival. 

 

There are 5 links in the adult out-of-hospital Chain of Survival. In order, it goes: Recognizing cardiac arrest and activating an emergency response system immediately (call 9-1-1), start CPR with a focus on chest compressions, quick defibrillation, emergency medical services arrive, and advanced life support and post cardiac arrest care for the patient. Keeping this Chain of Survival strong is able to improve the chances of survival for victims who suffer from cardiac arrest. 

 

Being trained to properly perform CPR is key. People suffer from cardiac arrests every day. You could be the defining factor in saving someone’s life. Get trained, and let’s bring down the number of deaths from cardiac arrest, one person at a time.