This week is National CPR Awareness Week. To increase the public’s knowledge of CPR, the American Heart Association is promoting videos that contain information about how to perform hands-only CPR.
Hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is used to help keep people alive in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., taking more than 320,000 lives every year. It is caused by an electrical error in the heart that results in an erratic, weak, or nonexistent heartbeat.
Hands-only CPR is a live-saving technique that can be performed by anyone. This emergency medical technique can keep a sudden cardiac arrest victim alive long enough for professional medical help to arrive.
When a person’s heart stops beating, his or her brain no longer receives the fresh oxygen it needs. If this goes on for too long, there is a great risk of brain injury. Using hands-only CPR can reduce this risk.