Recoginize a cardiac arrest
Cardiac arrest usually happens suddenly and is identified by an abrupt onset of unresponsiveness. The victim may suddenly fall down or slump over.
"Snoring or Gasping" respirations are also signs that a victim is in cardiac arrest. Beginning CPR immediately gives the victim the best chance of survival. In addition, if during CPR, the victim starts to “gasp” or “snore” don’t stop. This is just a sign that you are doing a good job of keeping the victim’s heart pumping.
YOU can make a difference. YOU CAN do Hands-Only™ CPR. The life you save most likely will be a friend or family member.
Many potential rescuers may think that they cannot do Hands-Only™ CPR. You don't need formal training to perform Hands-Only™ CPR. Just position the victim on their back and push hard and fast on their chest as described in the video above.
Don't be afraid of hurting the victim as they will die if they don't receive CPR. For every minute that the victim goes without CPR their chance of survival goes down by 10%.
Hands-Only™ CPR means you don't do mouth-to-mouth, just compress the chest hard and fast. Good Samaritan laws provide legal protection for people trying to help victims of cardiac arrest. Just do the right thing by calling 911 and performing Hands-Only™ CPR as quickly as possible. Anyone can perform Hands-Only™ CPR and YOU can make a difference and save a life, often of someone you know or love.
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Learn Hands-Only CPR
Learn the 2 steps of CPR:
1: Call 911
Direct someone to call 9-1-1 or make the call yourself if the person is not responding or is having abnormal breathing such as snoring or gasping.
2: Start chest compressions
Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Position the victim on their back, place the heel of one hand on the center of the victims chest, place heel of the other hand on top of the first hand. Lock your elbows and compress the chest forcefully at least 2 inches for an adult and at least 1/3rd the diameter of the chest for infants and children. Don’t stop until paramedics arrive. If more than one person is available, take turns performing chest compressions but changes should be done as quick as possible to ensure continuous chest compressions. Perform chest compressions at a rate of 100 per minute or to the beat of the song “stayin alive”.