Sudden Cardiac Arrest kills 1 person every 90 seconds in the United States.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen anywhere and at anytime - It does not play favorites to age or gender. Without your help, a victim has less than 10 minutes to survive! Would you know what to do if someone suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing and stopped responding?
Let's review the life-saving steps of what to do if someone suddenly collapses:
- Tap and Shout (on the victim's shoulders)
- Call 9-1-1 (or have someone else call)
- Tell Someone to get the AED
- Check for Breathing (is the chest rising and falling?)
- If no response and no chest rise, immediately start CPR (compressions first)
- Push Hard and Fast on the Center of the Chest (think of the beat of "Staying Alive")
- If you choose to do the breathing, compress 30 times on the chest, then deliver 2 breaths if you are trained
- If you are not delivering breaths, perform Hands-Only CPR
- Switch with another rescuer every 2 minutes
- Attach the AED onto the victim's chest as soon as it arrives
- Follow the prompts of the AED
- Continue performing CPR compressions and following the AED prompts
- Do not stop until EMS arrives
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