Hands Only CPR


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Each year in the U.S., EMS treats nearly 300,000 people who suffer cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public locations. In the absence of immediate, effective CPR, the chance of survival decreases 7 to 10 percent per minute.

An individual's survival depends greatly on receiving CPR from someone nearby. However, less than one-third of cardiac arrest victims get this help. Most bystanders are worried they might do something wrong or make the situation worse. 

This campaign introduces Hands-Only™ CPR -- a two-step technique that involves calling 9-1-1 and pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives. Bystanders are urged to act immediately, using this new technique, when an adult collapses. 

The PSAs send the powerful message that hands can do incredible things, but nothing compares to using them to help save a life. Individuals are directed to the new website, www.handsonlycpr.org, where they can gain access to information and resources on the technique.

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