Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that can help save a person’s life if their breathing or heart stops. When a person’s heart stops beating, they are in cardiac arrest. During cardiac arrest, the heart cannot pump blood to the rest of the body, including the brain and lungs. Death can happen in minutes without treatment.2 CPR uses chest compressions to mimic how the heart pumps. These compressions help keep blood flowing throughout the body. CDC 2018
American Heart Association Chain of Survival
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation reports that “If treatment is not provided within 10 minutes, the survival rate is close to zero. Because minutes count, the public plays a crucial role in saving lives threatened by SCA.”
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the 5 links in the adult out-of-hospital Chain of Survival are:
- Recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system
- Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions
- Rapid defibrillation
- Basic and advanced emergency medical services
- Advanced life support and post-cardiac arrest care
CPR Certification is a group of problem-solving medical procedures and techniques designed to provide urgent treatment of life threatening cardiac emergencies such as cardiac arrest and stroke. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and First Aid training.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including a heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compressions.
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