Four out of five sudden cardiac arrests happen at home, according to the American Heart Association. With nearly 383,000 sudden cardiac arrests happening outside of a hospital each year, that’s a scary statistic.
What’s even worse is that nearly 70% of American bystanders feel helpless in the event of a cardiac arrest emergency because they either don’t know CPR or have let their training significantly lapse.
What Is CPR?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving medical technique that is useful in many emergencies where someone’s breathing or heartbeat have stopped, including heart attack and drowning. CPR is a combination of chest compressions and breathing assistance ideally administered while awaiting the arrival of emergency professionals.
Why Learn CPR?
No one ever wants to be in a situation where CPR is necessary, but the unfortunate reality is that many of us will be faced with such a situation. We have the ability to learn the skills to take care of one another and make a significant difference in the survival rate of someone who is experiencing a medical emergency.
Here are some of the biggest reasons to learn CPR:
- 88% of cardiac arrests happen in the home.
- Many heart attacks and cardiac arrest situations come with few obvious warning signs.
- Drowning is the leading cause of death from an unintentional injury for children between the ages of 1 and 4.
- It can only take one minute for a child to drown.
- Effective CPR administered immediately after cardiac arrest can double or triple the chances of survival, but only about 32% of victims receive bystander CPR.
Statistically speaking, if you are faced with a cardiac arrest emergency, it will likely be in your home.
Where To Learn CPR?
At Premier Aquatics Services, we believe in preparing all of our clients with lifesaving skills. From child swim lessons to American Red Cross CPR Certification, we provide training all year long.
We know how important it is for you and your family to know what to do in the event of an emergency. While younger children should be taught how to call for help, older children can enroll in CPR classes alongside their parents. Click here to learn more or enroll in CPR classes today!
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