According to the American Heart Association, nearly 360,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest every year, and approximately 90% die because they do not receive CPR immediately. Here are 3 small steps you should know to help save a life:
- Before anything else, immediately call 911 and report the location of the incident so an ambulance is immediately dispatched.
- Start CPR on the victim by first making sure they are lying on a flat, hard surface. With palms down, put one hand on top of the other and push about 2 inches deep into the chest center of the victim. Aim for about 2 chest compressions per second (think of the beat of the song “Stayin’Alive” by the BeeGees and compress on beat)
- Because CPR can be tiring, ask someone to trade off doing the compressions with you every few minutes until the ambulance arrives.