The American Heart Association indicates that 4 out of 5 cardiac arrests happen at home or at work, and that effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone you know.
- If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911, you will be asked for your location. Be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone—they are not associated with a fixed address. Answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.
- Give Hands-Only CPR, push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of any tune that is 100 to 120 beats per minute. The song “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees is not only perfectly named, it has the right beat.