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This week is National CPR Awareness Week and the American Heart Association is encouraging Hoosiers to take one-minute and learn hands-only CPR by watching an instructional video. Officials say of the over 420-thousand sudden cardiac arrests in the US every year, approximately 80-percent occur in private or residential settings and of that only 41-percent of victims get the immediate help they need before emergency help arrives.
“It’s tragic that 90 percent of cardiac arrest victims don’t survive, especially when Hands-Only CPR is such an easily learned skill that can double or even triple the rate of survival,” said Jim England, chairman of the American Heart Association’s Indianapolis board of directors. “There are two easy steps that anyone can do to save a life. The first is to call 9-1-1. The second is to push hard and fast on the center of the chest until help arrives.”
A December 2012 study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation found that Hands-Only CPR performed by bystanders keeps more people alive with good brain function after experiencing a cardiac arrest. According to the American Heart Association, people feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rhythm when trained to the beat of a familiar song.
The American Heart Association uses the Bee Gees’ disco classic Stayin’ Alive as an example because it features 100 beats per minute, an ideal rate to perform Hands-Only CPR.
For a link to the one-minute video, visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/HandsOnlyCPR/Hands-Only-CPR_UCM_440559_SubHomePage.jsp
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