Less than 50% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive an immediate CPR!
These shocking statistis show that people tend to choose not to take action in the case of an emergency for various reasons. This, however, might be the reason why as many as 90% of those suffering an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die!
Surveys have shown that people are worried about giving rescue breaths to a stranger as well to a close relative. It has also been shown that people feel more confident performing hands-only CPR because they are more likely to keep a constant rhythm. In addition, there is no pressure to count exact 30 compressions before moving on to two rescue breaths.
The question remains, is hands-only CPR comparable to the traditional CPR?
It has been shown that although rescue breaths increase the chances of a person’s survival, hands-only CPR is just as likely to help restore heart function.
Remember that during a cardiac arrest, survival depends on the immediate action of CPR. The person in the need of CPR has a stopped heart and therefore any action can only help!
Two steps of Hands-only CPR:
- Call the 999 as soon as you see a person collapse, they are unresponsive and not breathing
- Start performing Hands-only CPR by pressing hard and fast with the rhythm of 2 compressions per second, until the ambulance arrives.
Take an action in the case of an emergency! Don’t just stand and do nothing but help to save a life by performing Hands-only CPR!
Take a minute and watch an instructional video on Hands-Only CPR.