Community Response to Cardiac Arrest
Immediate bystander Hands-Only™ CPR and early Automated External Defibrillation (AED) improves the victim’s chance of survival. In fact, for every 1 minute that goes by without these immediate interventions, the chance of survival decreases by 10 %.
Starting chest compressions is the most important part of CPR. In addition, the sooner chest compressions are started the more effective they are. Every second counts. Recognizing cardiac arrest immediately and acting quickly will maximize the chances of saving a life.
When a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the heart stops beating, often without warning. SCA can happen any time, anywhere, to anyone — and in most cases, it results in death.
In alignment with AHA HEARTsafe Communities campaign, CPR-Anytime kits can be given to those committed to teaching others. They must complete a brief survey and then register with AHA to record all their trainings.