According to the American Heart Association, in one year alone, 475,000 Americans die from a cardiac arrest, but statistics prove that if more people knew Hands-Only CPR, more lives could be saved. That is why the Irving Fire Department wants everyone to know what Hands-Only CPR is.
What is CPR?
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. The use of CPR dates all the way back to 1740, yet even today, most Americans don’t know how to perform it. Given properly and immediately to sudden cardiac arrest victims CPR can save lives. The purpose of CPR is to keep the heart pumping and provide continuous flow of oxygen to the lungs and brain until emergency care arrives.
What is Hands-Only CPR?
Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an "out-of-hospital" setting. Hands-Only CPR, performed by a bystander on teens and adults has been shown to be as effective as "conventional" CPR in emergencies that occur at home, work or in public.
What is Cardiac Arrest?
Cardiac arrest occurs when there is an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs. Breathing will also cease as well though it may not stop completely for several minutes. Without a supply of oxygen, the cells in the body start to die. Brain cells are incredibly sensitive, after about 4-5 minutes of no oxygen brain cells will begin dying leading to brain damage and death.
Learn Hands-Only CPR and help make a difference!