According to the American Heart Association, 89 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they do not receive immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from someone on the scene. With nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring annually in the United States, many lives could be saved if those nearby felt capable and qualified to administer CPR.
Why do most bystanders feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency? Possibly because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim.
Now anyone can quickly and easily learn how to save a life with Hands-only CPR. Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, (1) Call 9-1-1; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” Using the disco song as a reference helps people achieve the correct rhythm of 100 beats per minute during CPR.
Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. It can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.
Los Angeles County set out to teach thousands of area residents the Hands-Only CPR technique with free “Sidewalk CPR” training.