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CPR by a bystander | Chances of Survival?

By at April 27, 2012 | 10:41 am | Print

Do you know how to administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)? Do you know how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)? If not then you should sign up for a class soon and learn. The American Heart Association reports that annually 383,000 people are victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Even more alarming is that 88% of those 383,000 cardiac arrests happen at home. When someone is suffering from cardiac arrest immediate intervention is needed.

During cardiac arrest the heart is not pumping and perfusing all of the vital organs and the brain with oxygenated blood like it normally does. Without bystander or healthcare provider CPR to circulate the blood with chest compressions the brain can be affected. Some victims who wait long enough for CPR have permanent brain damage as a result.

Another statistic that reiterates the importance of early bystander CPR by the American Heart Association is that less than 8% of victims that experience cardiac arrest outside of a healthcare facility survive. But if the 88% of these out of hospital victims did receive CPR by a bystander their chance for survival following a cardiac arrest doubles and sometimes triples.

Currently only 32% of people who experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest receive bystander CPR. Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone. It can happen to someone healthy, a loved one, a co-worker, a friend, and even as sudden as when you are having a conversation with someone. The American Heart Association is trying to provide many different options for members of the community everywhere to learn how to do CPR. They have a short video with instructions that can be seen at http://heart.org or you, family, friends, and co-workers can take a fun hands on class to learn both how to perform CPR and use an AED that is now present in many public places like airports and malls and also in many workplaces.

CPR Nashville backs the American Heart Association’s mission to increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrests. CPR Nashville wants members of the Nashville community, healthcare providers, and anyone else who has an interest in becoming CPR certified to sign up for a BLS CPR class today. If one of our BLS classes does not fit with your schedule we can come to your office for a group or a family get together. CPR training with Nashville CPR is fun and meant to arm students with the knowledge and skills needed to help out in an emergency. After taking a BLS CPR class with CPR Nashville you will feel confident to help change the survival rate of out of hospital sudden cardiac arrests. To sign up for a class today and to view our class schedule please visit CPR Nashville today!

 

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