It's CPR Week. Could You Save Me?

Jarrod Moody, from Providence Hospital, talks about the "Could You Save Me?" campaign as he shows Ashley the proper steps to take in order to save a life.

Columbia, SC (WLTX)- CPR and AED Awareness Month kicks off with CPR Awareness Week, June 1st-7th.

Here are some reasons why it is important:

  • Over 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital each year in the US, with survival rates of less than 12 percent.
  • Believe it or not, only half of Americans can be counted on to perform Hands-Only CPR in an emergency, according to an AHA Hands-Only CPR study.

Hands-only CPR is now a high school graduation requirement, which adds thousands of life-savers to our state.

The American Heart Association says Hands-only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public.

Hands-only CPR has only two simple steps:

(1) Call 911 if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar song that has 100 to 120 beats per minute.

Song examples include “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira” or “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash.

People feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song.

When performing CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute, which corresponds to the beat of the song examples above.

To Learn more about Hands-Only CPR watch this 90-second video or find a CPR class near you here. 


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