Don't be. But unfortunately, a new survey by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation found that 13% of respondents said they had recently been in a situation where they could’ve performed CPR but didn’t. The fear and anxiety associated with these situations is completely normal. But is how we respond that makes all the difference.
Subsequently, the American Heart Association reported that each year in the United States, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital, and only about 11% of those treated by EMS survive.
Part of the elimination of fear is a knowledge and awareness of what to do in an emergency situation. In an emergency situation, every second counts.
After recognizing that the individual in crisis does not have a pulse; starting compressions immediately and continuing with two breaths is priority.
If someone else is there to assist you that is even better as this can allow you to perform more high-quality CPR.
In our classes here at Help-A-Heart CPR our goal is to increase your confidence as a laymen rescuer and give you the skills to effectively perform chest compression and breaths, initiating commands for assistance, and effectively utilizing the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) if available..
We also provide First Aid certification classes along with CPR/AED training. So if would like to increase your professional and personal skills that would allow you to address the emergency cardiovascular care of the Adult, Child, and Infant then we can help.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.