Sudden Cardiac Arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the US, killing some 300,000 people annually.
Unfortunately, most people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital do not receive aid from a bystander, which decreases chances of survival.
1. Life is WHY. The AHA reports that more than 300,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest every year. We can make a difference by learning to save a life.
2. The life you save may be someone you love. Seventy percent of cardiac arrest happen in homes. Unfortunately, only about 46% of people get the immediate help they need before professionals arrive.
3. You do NOT have to give mouth-to-mouth. In recent years, the American Heart Association has recommended that those who do not feel comfortable giving mouth-to-mouth, should give hands only CPR. Hands only CPR has been shown to be just as effective on adults who experience sudden cardiac arrest.
4. Companies, Organizations, and Individuals don’t have to be concerned about liability. You can give CPR without fear of legal action. No lay rescuer has ever been successfully sued for performing CPR, because lay rescuers are “Good Samaritans”, and are protected by “Good Samaritan” laws. All 50 States have “Good Samaritan” laws or regulations.
5. Sudden cardiac arrest strikes without warning! You may say, “No one in my family has a weak heart.” Most victims who experience sudden cardiac arrest have no history of heart conditions in their family. SCA knows no gender, race, or age limit. In addition, cardiac arrest are not the only time to use CPR. Stroke, accidents such as electrocution, overdose of alcohol or drugs, drowning, chocking, suffocation, allergic reaction and trauma from injuries are just a few instances where knowing CPR can be the difference between life and death.