June 1st-7th is National CPR-AED Awareness Week and at Olivier-VanDyk we’re making sure we all know what to do if someone is in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). This includes understanding hands-only CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). We encourage everyone to join us in learning these lifesaving skills.
Nearly 1,000 people every day in the United States are killed by SCA. This affects more than 356,000 people outside hospitals each year – including over 7,000 youth under age 18. This is not something that only happens to those over 70, it can happen to anyone.
On average 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. You could easily be called to save the life of your parent, spouse, coworker, or child.
Sudden cardiac arrest can be reversed with quick bystander action. All you need to remember are these three lifesaving steps:
- CALL: Call 911 and follow dispatcher instructions.
- PUSH: Press hard and fast on the center of the chest at rate of 100-120 beats per minute. Use a song to keep the beat, a perfect one that parents of young children would know…Baby Shark! Stayin’ Alive is another great one!
- SHOCK: Use the nearest AED as soon as possible. AEDs are lifesaving devices with audio and visual prompts designed to guide users through proper use.
Here is a great 90 second video made by the American Heart Association that details the two simple steps of Hands-Only CPR.
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